Burglar gets 7 years in prison

A Parkersburg man waived his right to a pre-sentence investigation report and was immediately sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to three second-degree felony counts of burglary in Washington County Common Pleas Court.

“He wants to get this moving ASAP,” said defense attorney Shawna Landaker of her client, 32-year-old Lucas A. Heiss.

Heiss, of 17 Kings Row Court, Lot 14, Parkersburg, listened as prosecutors recounted details of three area break-ins and admitted to Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane that the accounts were accurate.

The first burglary occurred in July 2010 at 14880 Waterford Road, the home of Todd and Monica Hilverding, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

Heiss entered the house while the family was at church and stole jewelry, digital cameras, gaming consoles, credit cards and the family’s Toyota RAV4.

“The Sheriff’s (Office), through finding where the credit cards were being used, were able to track him down to a motel in Wood County,” said Schneider.

However, Heiss had to serve time on charges in West Virginia before being transfered to the Washington County Jail on July 14 to face charges on the burglary, said Schneider.

Heiss posted bond on July 19 and committed two more local burglaries, said Assistant Washington County Prosecutor Jared Erb.

On Oct. 12, Heiss entered the home of Dennis Sarver, at 1774 Deming Road, Vincent, and stole checks and Sarver’s vehicle.

Then on Nov. 5, Brett Arnold, of 1163 Mines Road, Waterford, returned home to find Heiss burglarizing his home.

“Mr. Arnold actually caught the defendant piling up items near the front door to steal,” said Erb.

Heiss fled the residence and was later located and arrested in Wood County.

“For what it is worth, he is ashamed he is here again today. He can only make it about a month before he starts using again,” said Landaker, citing Heiss’ history of drug abuse.

Lane noted that Heiss’ extensive criminal history indicated that community control and prior punishments had not been successful in helping Heiss kick his addictions.

Heiss said he feels like his time spent in prison and jail has enabled him to put his addiction problems on the shelf.

“I haven’t faced them,” he said.

In return for Heiss’ guilty pleas, the prosecution agreed to dismiss other charges in relation to the three break-ins, including a fifth-degree felony county of theft and a fourth-degree felony county of grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Attorneys for the defense and prosecution were also in agreement on a sentencing recommendation -five years for the first burglary, six years for the second and seven years for the third, to be served concurrently, said Schneider.

That means Heiss will serve a total of seven years in prison. He could have received up to 24 years if he had received the maximum eight years on each count and had been ordered to serve them consecutively, said Schneider.