MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man whose crime spree ended with him fleeing in a golf cart pleaded guilty to several felony charges Friday.

Jesse J. Ervin, 26, pleaded guilty in Knox County Common Pleas Court to two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle and one count of burglary. In exchange for his guilty plea, charges of arson, failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, breaking and entering and theft were dismissed.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney David Merrell has recommended Ervin be sentenced to three years in prison.

The charges against Ervin stem from Oct. 6-7, when Ervin stole two motor vehicles and a golf cart. According to court records, Ervin stole a truck from a Mount Vernon business and later set fire to the truck in a field. Ervin then entered an attached garage at a New Delaware Road residence and stole a Chevy Camaro, but the Camaro was disabled by the owner using the car’s security system.

Ervin then entered a structure in Delaware County containing a golf cart. Ervin fled in the golf cart, and was later apprehended.

Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for July 28.

Also Friday, Kain M. Dixon, 19, Mount Vernon, was sentenced by Wetzel to four years in prison on charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and felonious assault.

The charges stem from April 11, 2016, when Dixon and several co-defendants went to an occupied Centerburg residence armed with knives and a handgun. In the course of the burglary, two men at the residence were injured.

Speaking at his plea hearing in May, Dixon said he took drugs from the residence.


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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