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POMEROY — A man sentenced in Gallia County last week entered a guilty plea Thursday to a felony charge in Meigs County.

Joshua S. Kalinowski, 28, 0f Cheshire, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property, a felony of the fifth degree, as charged in a 2012 indictment.

The single-count indictment filed was on the charge of receiving stolen property after he was allegedly in the possession of property from Cooper’s Scrap and Salvage of 64 Sycamore St. in Gallipolis while in Meigs County between Aug. 24-Sept. 16, 2012.

The original charge was filed November 2012 and Kalinowski later failed to appear for a hearing on June 10, 2013. Appearing on the charges again earlier this year, Kalinowski was later released on an own-recognizance bond as he was being held in relation to his Gallia County cases.

On Feb. 6, the day a jury trial was set to begin in the case, Kalinowski entered the guilty plea and was sentenced to five years of community control with a 12-month underlying sentence. The sentence is to be served consecutive to a sentence handed down in late January from Gallia County.

Kalinowski was sentenced previously in Gallia County Common Pleas Court to two years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted illegal conveyance of drugs onto a detention facility, as well as a third-degree felony robbery charge and a charge of breaking and entering.

Kalinowski was originally indicted in Gallia County in 2012 after he allegedly brought marijuana into the Gallia County Jail on Aug. 21, 2011, after being arrested on a warrant through Gallipolis Municipal Court.

He later pleaded guilty to attempted illegal conveyance, a lesser offense than what is specified on the indictment, on March 1, 2013.

After failing to appear for a final hearing in this case, the defendant was arrested April 27 on a warrant and appeared May 3. He was sentenced to 24 months of community control.

On Sept. 5, a warrant was issued for Kalinowski’s arrest as it was believed he had absconded supervision.

Later that month, the defendant was identified as a suspect in a robbery after he allegedly stole a purse from a customer at Rural King in Gallipolis on Sept. 20.

According to the report filed with the Gallipolis Police Department, the victim in that case stated that, after loading her car with purchased merchandise and while taking her cart to the cart corral, a male came up from behind and pulled her purse from her shoulder while also taking her car keys from her hand.

The man, later identified as Kalinowski, then fled on foot before jumping into the passenger side of a white truck.

Kalinowski was later arrested on a warrant for violating the terms of his probation on Oct. 25. His bond was revoked and set at $5,000, 10 percent.

While being held at the Gallia County Jail, the defendant was indicted by a grand jury in November and arraigned Nov. 22 on a charge of robbery from the incident that occurred in September at Rural King.

Kalinowski’s most recent indictment in Gallia County was filed Dec. 5 and outlines a charge of breaking and entering after he broke into the Prospect Church located on Prospect Church Road in Bidwell on July 27, 2013.

He was also arraigned in that case while in custody, pleading not guilty in December to the fifth-degree felony breaking and entering charge.

During last week’s hearing, the defendant was sentenced in each of his three cases.

His community control was revoked in his earliest case and he was sentenced to 17 months in prison for the attempted illegal conveyance of drugs on the grounds of a detention facility.

He was given credit for 124 days served in that case.

In relation to the charge of robbery, Kalinowski was sentenced to 24 months in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections after pleading guilty in this case.

He was given credit for 78 days served and was ordered to have no contact with the victim in that case.

After pleading guilty to breaking and entering, the defendant was sentenced to 11 months in a state prison in his latest case and was ordered to have no contact with Prospect Church. He was given credit for 57 days served, along with future custody days waiting transportation to a state prison facility.

The sentences in each of Kalinowski’s cases were ordered to be served concurrently with each other, for a total of two years of imprisonment. He was further ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune reporter Amber Gillenwater contributed to this report.

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