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City man found guilty of summer burglary; Johnson pleads guilty to aiding juvenile escapees

Several cases were recently before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark O'Connor.

Tyrell Artis (pictured), 20, of Bellefontaine, was convicted of burglary after a two-day jury trial.

The jury deliberated five hours before finding Artis guilty of burglary. He was found not guilty of aggravated burglary.

On July 5th, Artis and Steffan Whetsel were arrested after they forced their way into a south side apartment around 11:30 p.m.

Artis and Whetsel allegedly kicked in the door at 816 Heritage Drive, Apt. 4.

The resident, Shelly Neeld, 39, along with her one-year-old grandson were knocked to the ground.

Neeld said the suspects were armed with a ball bat and taser.

Artis and Whetsel were yelling for a man named "Crazy" in the apartment, whom they never found.

The Bellefontaine Police Department responded and saw two men fleeing on a motorcycle.

Neeld's daughter, Katrina Robinson, 22, of 512 North Elm Street, identified the suspects by name.

Police recovered the bat and taser in Neeld's residence.

About 30 minutes later, officers found the suspects’ motorcycle at 555 Newell Street.

Both men denied being at Neeld's residence.

Officers disagreed because the motorcycle felt warm.

Whetsel said the motorcycle did not work because of mechanical problems.

When he tried to demonstrate this, the bike started right up.

Artis and Whetsel were each charged with a felony count of aggravated burglary.

Artis was carrying a backpack, which was seized for evidence.

He became belligerent and was restrained near a police cruiser.

On July 10th, Artis was indicted for aggravated burglary (F1) and assault (M1).

Artis will be sentenced on December 17th.

Keith Brown, 33, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to five years community control, a one-year license suspension, and ordered to pay a $250 fine and court costs for possession of drugs.

Stephen Fields, 28, of West Liberty, pleaded guilty to one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Vance Brown Jr., 34, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs.

Fields and Brown will be sentenced on December 17th.

John Prather, 51, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to aggravated menacing. He was sentenced to six months in the Logan County Jail.

Alan McDaniel, 22, of Lakeview, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering. He was placed on drug intervention for three years.

Stephanie Johnson (pictured), 31, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

In April, Johnson was indicted on two counts of obstructing justice (F3) and one count of complicity to escape (F3) for her role in helping the juvenile escapees in March.

Patrick Biddle, 31, of Zanesfield, pleaded guilty to illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility.

Heather Martindale, 29, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs.

Matthew Davis, 36, of Lakeview, pleaded guilty to burglary.

All four will be sentenced on December 31st.

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