Man admits trading stolen TVs for drugs, punching law enforcement



A defendant confessed Monday before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor to trading stolen goods for crack cocaine and to assaulting corrections officers at the Logan County Jail.

Colton Fullenkamp, 18, of Belle Center, pleaded guilty to burglary, a third-degree felony, and assault, a fifth-degree felony.

In May, the defendant was hanging out in the 4000 block of Alpine Parkway when he conspired with others to break into a nearby mobile home, according to Logan County prosecutors. He helped take assorted jewelry, at least one guitar and two flat screen televisions, which were traded for $150 worth of cocaine, prosecutors said.

The defendant at first reportedly was out to purchase marijuana, but the alleged dealer could offer only cocaine, which the defendant didn’t have enough money to buy, according to court documents.

As part of his plea, the defendant must testify if necessary against Ronald Houston.

The assault charge is a separate case that dates to December.

Mr. Fullenkamp had been arrested by officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department at the Super 8 Motel, 1117 N. Main St. He reportedly had been drinking with an underage girl.

Motel staff and guests had complained of loud noises coming from their room and they were concerned she was being held against her will.

When they were finally able to get both out of the room, they determined both had been consuming alcohol.

The defendant was arrested, taken to Logan County Jail and placed in a holding cell to be processed in when he began pounding on the walls and windows and yelling.

When officers entered the holding cell the defendant attacked them, punching one corrections officer near his left eye. The defendant was maced twice before he eventually calmed down. He was then placed in a restraint chair.

Prosecutors are recommending in-patient confinement at the West Central Community Based Correctional Facility, followed by community control when he is sentenced Feb. 18.  

CORRECTION: This article has been updated to reflect the defendant is 18. Incorrect information was supplied by Logan County Common Pleas Court.

Woman’s prison term extended

Mindy Swiger, 29, of Sidney, had nearly a year added to her existing prison term Monday.

Judge O’Connor sentenced her to nine months in the Ohio Reformatory for Women for two counts of forgery and three counts of receiving stolen property, fifth-degree felonies.

Nine-month sentences for each of those five counts will be served at one time, but the judge ordered the sentence be served consecutively to the two-year prison term she’s currently serving for crimes committed in Shelby County.

With about a month of jail-time credit already accrued, Ms. Swiger will have eight months yet to serve. She could petition Judge O’Connor for early release 30 days into that sentence and the judge indicated he would consider a referral to West Central CBCF.

Defense attorney Jim Gudgel said his client had no juvenile record and her criminal offenses are all a result of a heroin addiction that started around June. He said it was easy to trace the beginning of Ms. Swiger’s drug addiction, because that’s about the time her legal troubles started.

She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $877.68 to Community Markets.

Other defendants pleading guilty were Edward Ruminer, 54, of Bellefontaine: receiving stolen property; and Michael Saba, 33, of Bellefontaine: felonious assault. Presentence investigations were ordered and sentencing will be Feb. 18.

• Casey Nielson, 25, of Wapakoneta, pleaded guilty to trafficking in drugs and was granted intervention in lieu of conviction. He must complete drug counseling and three years’ community control.