MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man who broke into a home and flooded it was sentenced to prison time Tuesday.

Timothy Orndorff, 39, Mount Vernon, was sentenced by Knox County Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel to 28 months in prison and a $200 restitution on one count of burglary.

The charge stems from June 1, when Orndorff entered a Mount Vernon residence. Orndorff was found inside, naked, by a resident as they came home. Water was running in the house and two rooms were flooded.

Public Defender John Pyle said Orndorff did not intend to commit a theft offense at the residence. At the time of the offense, Pyle said, Orndorff was “on a drug that exerted control on him in a bizarre way.”

To fit the statute for burglary, a home must be entered with the intent to commit any criminal offense. The offense need not be theft.

Wetzel said that the incident could have resulted in someone being harmed and said Orndorff’s actions “terrorized” the home’s occupants.

Also Tuesday, Cody S. Brengartner, 24, Marblehead, was sentenced by Wetzel to 21 months in prison on charges of burglary, weapons under disability and aggravated possession of drugs.

The charges stem from Sept. 3. Brengartner was one of four individuals in a vehicle stopped in the area of New Castle Road and Billman Road 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.

Stolen items, including firearms, were found inside the vehicle. Brengartner was also found to be in possession of drugs.

Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville said no restitution was requested, as all of the stolen items were recovered.

Jury trials are scheduled for two of Brengartner’s co-defendants, Taylor M. Gobmeier, 19, Marblehead, and Joan M. Heintz, 18, Port Clinton. David D. Lagasse, 22, Oak Harbor, is scheduled for a plea hearing Dec. 6.


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