MOUNT VERNON — A Marblehead man admitted Thursday to his involvement in burglaries targeting Amish homes.
Cody S. Brengartner, 24, pleaded guilty in Knox County Common Pleas Court to two counts of burglary, one count of weapons under disability and one count of aggravated possession of drugs.
In exchange for Brengartner’s guilty pleas, Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville dismissed another charge of weapons under disability and three counts of receiving stolen property.
The charges against Brengartner were brought in a grand jury indictment and stem from Sept. 3. Brengartner was in a vehicle stopped in the area of New Castle and Billman roads by Knox County Sheriff’s deputies. The officers were investigating prior burglaries in the area, and had a description of a vehicle matching Brengartner’s.
The vehicle was found to contain several stolen items, including firearms and a Teacup Poodle.
McConville said most of the property reported stolen has been recovered. One of the victims has reported a loss of $1,700, McConville said.
Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Nov. 20.
Three codefendants — Taylor M. Gobmeier, 19, Marblehead; Joan M. Heintz, 18, Port Clinton; and David D. Lagasse, 22, Oak Harbor — have also been charged in connection with the burglaries. The codefendant’s cases are set for jury trials in December and January.
Also Thursday, Nicole A. Young, 40, Mount Vernon, was sentenced to 16 months in prison on one count of aggravated possession of drugs and a probation violation. Young was found guilty of the possession charge in an Aug. 28 jury trial. Young was on probation at the time on a prior conviction.
Young’s Attorney, Public Defender John Pyle, said that Young has a mental illness and asked that she not be sentenced to prison. Young previously was ordered into treatment through veteran services in Dayton, but did not complete the program because she refused to participate, Wetzel said.
Young denied that her problems come from mental illness in court Thursday. She said she has approached veteran services but “no one will help me.”
Having tried other options, Wetzel said prison is “the only thing we haven’t tried.”
“I’m not giving up on you,” Wetzel, speaking to Young, said. “This might be the bottom, but it is not the end.”
Timothy Orndorff, 39, Mount Vernon, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary. In exchange for Orndorff’s guilty plea, McConville amended the charge down from a second-degree felony to a third-degree felony.
The charge stems from June 1, when Orndorff was found naked inside a Mount Vernon residence. Residents of the home posted on Facebook that the water had been left on and two rooms were flooded.
Orndorff was found inside by a resident returning home. Orndorff “appeared to be extremely impaired” and was incoherent, according to court records.
McConville has recommended a sentence of 24 months.
Wetzel ordered a presentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Nov. 20.