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Attempted burglar pleads; man sentenced for rape

Prosecutors are recommending a three-year prison sentence for a defendant caught in the act of burglarizing a local residence by the homeowner, who held him at gunpoint while he contacted law enforcement.



Jason Overholt, 34, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty Monday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor to a second-degree felony count of burglary.

Deputies from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mr. Overholt and a second defendant, Matthew Cheadle, 31, for breaking into a residence along County Road 1 .

The homeowner returned to his home about 1:12 p.m. Jan. 18 and spotted Mr. Overholt through an outside window, according to court documents. The homeowner, who has a concealed carry permit, entered his home through the garage and trailed Mr.Overholt from the living room into the dining room before deploying his handgun on the suspect.

Once the suspect was on the floor, the resident contacted sheriff’s dispatchers.

When deputies arrived and concentrated on handcuffing Mr. Overholt, the resident immediately went upstairs and found Mr. Cheadle. Again, he deployed his handgun and convinced the suspect to lay prone on the floor.

When he was arrested, authorities reportedly recovered several criminal tools on Mr. Overholt's person including police scanners, binoculars, a pocket knife, and pry bar, which deputies believe was used to gain access to the residence through a rear door.

Mr. Overholt will be sentenced March 18, following a presentence investigation. The case against Mr. Cheadle is pending.

Defendant sentenced on rape charge

Williams Michael


Michael Williams, 35, was sentenced to nine years in prison and five years post release control for a single count of rape, a first-degree felony.

The defendant is labeled a Tier III sexual offender and report his address to law enforcement every 90 days for life.

He pleaded guilty Jan. 7 to raping a 14-year-old girl, over whom he held a custodial position.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dismissed third- and fourth-degree felony charges of sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. The defendant was arrested Aug. 3 after a member of the victim's family reported the crime to officers of theBellefontaine Police Department.

Prosecutor’s noted for the court the, “serious emotional harm” the victim has sustained at the hands of the defendant.

In police interviews, Mr. Williams admitted he had violated the girl once on Aug. 1, but denied any other alleged incidents. Court filings assert the abuse occurred between July 7 and Aug. 1, 2012.

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