Ellis sentenced to 6 years in prison

Staff Report

POMEROY — A Middleport man has been sentenced to six years in prison as a result of multiple criminal charges.

Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James K. Stanley announced, in a news release, that on June 9, James Ellis, 32, of Middleport, Ohio, was sentenced to a total of six years in prison for multiple convictions in Meigs County Common Pleas Court.

Ellis was sentenced to 36 months in prison for Failure to Comply with an Order or Signal of a Police Officer, a felony of the third degree; 12 months in prison for Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree; 12 months in prison for Theft, a felony of the fourth degree; and 12 months in prison for vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree. Ellis was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,304.23.

The sentences for Failure to Comply with an Order or Signal of a Police Officer, Breaking and Entering, and Vandalism are maximum sentences. All sentences were ordered to be served consecutively for a total of six years in prison.

According to the news release from Stanley, on Dec. 27, 2019, “Ellis broke into a car dealership in Middleport, Ohio, causing extensive damage to the building, stole keys to a pickup truck, and then stole the pickup truck from the lot. A Middleport Police Department officer arrived at the scene as Ellis sped off the lot. The officer pursued Ellis who drove approximately 80 miles per hour through Middleport and into Pomeroy. A Meigs County Sheriff Deputy joined the pursuit in Pomeroy, and Ellis rammed into the deputy’s cruiser. Ellis continued through Pomeroy and eventually drove the wrong way on US 33/ State Route 7 at approximately 110 miles per hour. At one point, Ellis attempted to ram the Middleport Police cruiser. Ellis continued on US 33 into Ravenswood, West Virginia, where he crashed into a utility pole. Ellis continued driving and rammed into a Ravenswood Police cruiser at which point the Meigs County Sheriff Deputy ended the pursuit by utilizing his cruiser to pin in the vehicle driven by Ellis. Ellis exited the vehicle and assaulted the Middleport Police officer and resisted arrest but was apprehended soon thereafter.”

The Middleport Police Department investigated this matter and was assisted by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, the Jackson County, West Virginia Sheriff’s Office, and the Ravenswood Police Department. Ellis faces additional charges in West Virginia.

Information provided by the Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office.

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