MIAMI COUNTY — A home burglar was sentenced to 24 months in prison in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Monday.
William N. Reymiller, 34, of Piqua, was charged with second-degree felony burglary in March. According to court records, Reymiller broke into a home on the 500 block of South Wayne Street in Piqua on March 11 at approximately 6 p.m. The victim caught Reymiller in the act and held him at gunpoint until police arrived. Reymiller was found guilty in April.
In court on Monday, Reymiller blamed his actions on his addiction to alcohol.
“I clearly have an alcohol problem,” Reymiller said. “I would like a chance at probation to see if I can get better.” Reymiller added that he was prepared to face the consequences of his actions but would do anything in lieu of a prison sentence.
Reymiller’s public defender, Jack Hemm, said that Reymiller had attempted to contact the Miami County Recovery Council (MCRC) for treatment options for alcohol abuse, but had not heard back from them. Hemm also asked for probation on behalf of his client.
“I think he’s motivated,” Hemm said.
Judge Christopher Gee said that, after receiving the pre-sentence investigation report for Reymiller, he was “not sure if input from MCRC would be helpful” at that time.
Prosecutor Tony Kendell said that there have been numerous resources and treatment options used on Reymiller in the past but Reymiller keeps re-offending.
“He just keeps coming back,” Kendell said.
“The defendant has not shown any remorse for his conduct,” Gee said. Gee noted multiple alcohol-related charges on Reymiller’s criminal record, from driving while under the influence to disorderly conduct to underage consumption. Reymiller also had his probation in Indiana revoked and is still facing an open felony case in Indiana.
“At all these junctures, you had opportunities for treatment,” Gee said. “I don’t know what it takes to get you to get help.”
When Reymiller said he tried to get help in the past, Gee added, “Getting help and staying and using the help are not the same thing.”
Reymiller has 87 days of jail credit. Once out of prison, he will be subject to three years of mandatory post-release control.
Nickel sentenced for spitting on officer
Blake E. Nickel, 24, of Piqua, was sentenced to serve 17 months in prison for spitting on a police officer and threatening physical harm to other police officers.
The incident reportedly occurred on the 1000 block of Park Avenue in March. Nickel was found guilty of fourth-degree felony assault in April.
“I would like to apologize to the victim,” Nickel said in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Monday. “I take full responsibility for my actions.” Nickel said that he was under the influence of drugs from given to him by the hospital.
Nickel’s public defender Hemm said that Nickel may have some mental health issues in addition to issues with drug and alcohol abuse.
“We realize he has to seek help himself,” Hemm said.
“I don’t know anything about this guy’s mental health,” Kendell said. Kendell noted that Nickel has already been to prison twice and said, “That’s where he needs to go back to.”
“His record is lengthy,” Gee said. Gee noted that Nickel was blaming the drugs from hospital for his actions while Nickel was “clearly using drugs before he got to the hospital.” Gee also took into consideration the seriousness of Nickel’s offense, saying that while Nickel did not cause physical harm, he did make threats of violence to almost every officer he came in contact with during that incident.
“You need to work harder when you’re not in prison,” Gee said.
Nickel has 86 days of jail credit.
Pack gets probation for theft ‘that went bad’
Thomas L. Pack, 19, of Piqua was sentenced to two years of community control for an incident of theft in which he attempted to strike a cashier.
Pack attempted to steal a can of Four Loko beer from Ulbrich’s Market in October 2015 by reportedly concealing it in his pants. A clerk caught Pack in the act, and Pack reportedly attempted to flee. In doing so, he attempted to hit a cashier who stopped Pack. According to court records, the cashier explained that she was not injured but did feel Pack “pull her hair when he attempted to punch her.”
Pack’s public defender, Hemm, said that Pack made a “poor choice” with his actions and that it was “a theft incidence that went bad.”
The sentence was part of a joint recommendation with the state. As part of Pack’s community control, he will need to maintain employment, have no contact with the victim, observe a curfew from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. every night, undergo mental health and drug abuse assessments, and pay supervision fees for his probation. Gee reserved a sentence of 36 months in prison if Pack violates his probation.
“Hopefully you will take advantage of this,” Gee said.
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