Leader of burglary ring sent to prison

The accused ringleader in a series of fall Marietta burglaries was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to four years in prison.

However, Carl Robison, 19, of 235 Johnson Road, could be released earlier under judicial release, said his attorney John Wells.

“Remember it all depends on how well you behave,” Wells told his client after Wednesday’s sentencing.

Robison was indicted in December on three second-degree felony counts of burglary and in January pleaded guilty to all three counts: A Sept. 18 burglary at 104 St. Clair St.; an Oct. 16 burglary at 218 E. Spring St.; and an Oct. 30 burglary at 145 Woodland Ave.

However, investigators believe Robison had connections to more than a dozen burglaries that occurred in Marietta last September and October, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.

“The agreement in this case was the defendant would sit down with Detective (Troy) Hawkins. Detective Hawkins reported Mr. Robison confirmed his (involvement) in almost all of the other burglaries,” said Rings.

The plea agreement also included a provision that Robison would not be charged with previous burglaries he admitted to, beyond the three to which he was pleading, he added.

Wells characterized his client as highly cooperative with the burglary investigation.

“Not only did he admit his involvement, but he also admitted knowledge of some thefts and burglaries that he knew about but was not involved in,” he said.

Robison was one of six individuals arrested in connection with the series of daytime burglaries.

Also arrested were Tiffany Conant, also known as Tiffany Johnston, 24, of 108 Riley Drive; Brandon Schmidt, 22, of 830 Ridge St.; Steven Frances, 19, of 235 Johnson Road; and two boys, ages 15 and 17.

The juveniles are awaiting trial, said Rings. Charges will likely be brought against Frances and Schmidt, he said. However, Conant will not likely be charged in connection with the events due to a lack of evidence, he said.

Rings recommended a four-year prison sentence for Robison, who has no prior adult felonies.

Robison does have an extensive juvenile record including breaking and entering, vandalism, aggravated menacing, theft, underage consumption, felonious assault, drug possession, and multiple probation violations, said Washington County

Common Pleas Judge Ed Lane.

But, he added, “I don’t think I can give consecutive sentences in this case.”

Typically interrelated crimes that happen in the same time frame are subject to a concurrent sentence under the Ohio Revised Code.

Lane agreed to the four year recommendation, sentencing Robison to four years on each charge to be served concurrently. After his release Robison will be subject to three years of community control sanctions, added Lane.

Robison faced a maximum of eight years on the second-degree felony charges.