GALLIPOLIS — A Gallipolis man pleaded guilty to two separate crimes Friday and was sentenced in the Gallia County Court of Common Pleas to 12 months in prison.
Zachary Cline, 31, admitted to breaking and entering a garage located inside of Gallipolis in September 2013.
“The defendant admitted to helping his co-defendant steal electric and copper wire out of the homeowner’s garage,” said Jeff Adkins, Gallia County prosecutor. “Cline and his co-defendant then transported the stolen wire to a recycling plant, where they received $104.15 in return for the wire. Both defendants made a full confession of their involvement and were subsequently prosecuted.”
Cline pleaded guilty to one count of breaking and entering. In a second case, Cline admitted to receiving stolen property from a residence located on Bulaville Pike in Gallia County in April 2014. Cline then pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property and was sentenced to 12 months in prison. According to Gallia County court records, he will be serving his terms concurrently, otherwise serving both crimes’ penalties at the same time.
A co-defendant entered a residence on Bulaville Pike and returned with a large amount of change inside a water jug. Cline then received the large amount of change from the co-defendant. Both individuals then took the change to two different banks to cash what they had stolen. The individuals received a total of $1,024.39.
“We are glad to be able to finalize these cases here in Gallia County,” Adkins said. “There was significant delay in our prosecution due to the fact that the defendant was serving time in prison in West Virginia on unrelated criminal activities. The defendant recently finished his sentence for West Virginia and now begins serving his 12-month sentence for Gallia County.”
According to Adkins, Cline received the full penalty allowed under Ohio Law for a fifth-degree felony.
“Hard-working residents should not be fearful of someone stealing their property while they are at work or away from their home,” Adkins said. “We will continue prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law.”