MOUNT VERNON — A Utica man who stole brass grave markers from a rural cemetery was sentenced Wednesday in Knox County Common Pleas Court.

Dustin M. Johnson, 24, was sentenced by Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel to 22 months in prison on charges from two separate theft offenses. One of the offenses was the theft of 43 veterans’ grave markers July 13.

Johnson was found in possession of the grave markers in Licking County. The markers were later found to be taken from the Bladensburg Cemetery.

It is unclear if restitution is being sought in the case. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Christine Williams said she received a value of $1,290 from Knox County Veteran’s Services Office for the grave markers. Wetzel said there was no request for restitution, however.

Johnson was also sentenced on charges of breaking and entering and theft that stem from Sept. 21, 2017. Johnson broke into a structure in Frazeesburg and took tools valued at $2,619, according to court records.

Wetzel sentenced Johnson to 11 months in each case, and ordered the sentences be served consecutively.

Also Wednesday, Raymond E. Garrison, 39, Mount Vernon, was sentenced by Wetzel to three years probation on charges of aggravated possession of drugs and obstructing official business.

The charges stem from Jan. 23, 2018, when Garrison was searched by a Mount Vernon police officer who suspected Garrison had a concealed firearm. A small amount of meth was discovered in the search. During the search, Garrison pulled away from the officer and was uncooperative.

The suspected firearm turned out to be a wooden dowel rod.


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




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