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City man sentenced for summer burglary; Indian Lake man sent to prison on multiple charges

Six defendants were sentenced and five pleaded guilty before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark O'Connor earlier this week.

Tyrell Artis (pictured), 20, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to four years in prison for burglary.

In November, Artis 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, 22, of Bellefontaine, 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.

Whetsel and Artis 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.

In July, Artis and Whetsel were indicted for aggravated burglary (F1) and assault (M1).

Earlier this month, Whetsel was sentenced to two years in prison for burglary.

Monty Jeanneret (pictured), 20, of Russells Point, was sentenced to four years and ten months in prison for burglary, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, obstructing justice, and a community control violation.

Stephen Fields, 28, of West Liberty, was sentenced to 30 days in the Logan County Jail, two years community control, the probation incentive program, and ordered to pay a $500 fine, court costs, and attorney fees for contributing to the delinquency of a child.

Vance Brown Jr., 34, of Bellefontaine, was sentenced to 30 days in the Logan County Jail, five years community control, a one-year license suspension, and ordered to pay a $500 fine, court costs, restitution, and attorney fees for trafficking in drugs.

Patrick Biddle, 31, of Zanesfield, was sentenced to the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, five years community control, and ordered to pay a $250 fine, court costs, and attorney fees for complicity to illegal conveyance of drugs onto the grounds of a detention facility.

Robert Hardwick, 29, of Wapakoneta, was sentenced to five years community control and ordered to pay court costs and attorney fees for non-support of dependents.

Jason Crawford, 28, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing is scheduled for January 16th.

James Lu, 43, of Delaware, pleaded guilty to trademark counterfeiting.

Joseph Bair, 26, of Maplewood, pleaded guilty to theft and criminal trespassing.

Natasha Grubbs, 30, of Marysville, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs.

Tyrone Coleman, 34, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to non-support of dependents.

Presentence investigations were ordered and sentencings are scheduled for January 22nd.

Timothy Predmore, 26, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to non-support of dependents and was admitted into the prosecutor's pretrial diversion program.

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