On parole for burglary, Wilmington man commits burglary

By Gary Huffenberger - ghuffenberger@aimmediamidwest.com



WILMINGTON — While on parole for burglary, a local man again committed burglary and has received a four-year prison term.

In the more recent incident, Paul Aaron Murray, 37, of Wilmington, was convicted on a charge of burglary of a Wilmington apartment. A police officer observed Murray leaving the apartment after police were dispatched July 3 on the report of a suspicious person. An officer found that Murray had a screwdriver in his pocket, and moreover, there were pry marks on a door of the apartment.

According to the indictment, there were two victims of Murray’s criminal activity on July 3. One of the victims was present for the sentencing hearing at the Clinton County Common Pleas Courtroom.

The four-year prison term was jointly recommended by prosecution and by defense counsel as part of a negotiated settlement in the case.

Time credit was granted toward the prison term for 102 days Murray spent in the county jail on the case.

Murray was represented by Clinton County Public Defender Rob Baker. The State of Ohio was represented by Wilmington City Prosecutor Laura R. Gibson, who served as a special prosecutor in the matter.

In an unrelated case, Larry A. Howard, 53, of Xenia, was found eligible by Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck for intervention in lieu of a conviction.

In a court paper, the judge noted “the involved law enforcement agency is expressly in favor of this outcome and recommended intervention to the state [prosecutors].” At the same court hearing, Howard pled guilty to illegal processing of drug documents, and his plea was filed of record.

With the granting of the defendant’s motion for an intervention in lieu of a conviction, the judge stayed further criminal proceedings and established an intervention plan.

Initially, the period of intervention and rehabilitation will be for 18 months. The judge’s decision in favor of intervention is conditioned on Howard completing substance abuse and mental health counseling programs as directed by the supervising intervention specialist.

Rudduck ordered the defendant to remain active with the Celebrate Recovery program or a comparable aftercare program, and meet at least once per month with his supervision officer.

Howard must pay $300 as a partial cost of supervision.

Under the granting of an intervention in lieu of conviction, a defendant must satisfactorily complete the period of rehabilitation and comply with court directives. If he does not, he will be found guilty of the charge he has pled guilty to, and will be sentenced in accord with the conviction.

A court paper indicates prosecutors do not oppose “intervention in lieu of conviction” in the matter.

On Friday, a Wilmington College spokesman said Howard is no longer employed at the college. Howard was a professor of athletic training there and the director of the Athletic Training Education Program.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.


By Gary Huffenberger