MIAMI COUNTY — A Piqua man will serve 11 months in prison for robbing his former employer, a Subway store on Ash Street, not once, but twice last November.
Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt ordered Joshua Leet, 31, of Piqua, was sentenced to serve 11 months on each count of fifth degree felony breaking and entering on Monday. He will serve the sentences concurrently. Leet was ordered to pay restitution to his former employer who helped Piqua Police Department identify Leet by a large tattoo on his arm.
Leet used a cement block to break the glass door to gain access to the business on Nov. 26 and two days prior. Leet, with four prior prison terms, an unsuccessful community control record, asked for mercy prior to sentencing so he could seek help for his psychological and drug dependency issues.
Judge Pratt noted Leet’s lengthy criminal history and that he was appearing for his eighth and ninth felony charge on Monday, with a pending 10th felony charge in Montgomery County.
Judge Pratt advised Leet to seek help for his addiction and to find a chemical dependency program after he is released from prison.
In other court news:
Andrew Baker, of St. Paris and Joshua Hower, of Sidney, both 19, were sentenced to serve 45 days in jail and three years of community control for their role in a rash of church and business break-ins in Champaign, Clark, Shelby and Miami County last summer. Both Baker and Hower were charged with one count of fifth degree felony breaking and entering for their role in a rash of church and business break-ins within four counties last July.
The pair stole equipment from Union Baptist Church around July 19. The pair were also charged and indicted for trespassing in Christiansburg at Miller’s Quality Meats and Masonic Temple, as well as the Christian Worship Center on Elm Tree Road in St. Paris. The pair were also charged with church break-ins in Clark and Shelby counties as well.
Prior to his sentencing, Hower apologized for his actions and said he had a job waiting for him after the court proceedings were completed among all counties. Judge Jeannine Pratt said she was mindful of the joint recommendation for community control, but added 45 days of jail time to the sentence. Hower must complete 50 hours of community service, have no contact with co-defendant Baker and comply with the terms of his three years of community control. If Hower violates his community control, Judge Pratt reserved one year in prison.
Baker also was sentenced to serve three years of community control and 45 days in jail for the same charge. Baker was given a jail time credit for the 45 days out of the 96 days he had served. Judge Pratt reserved the remaining 51 days of jail time credit if Baker was to violate terms of his three years of community control. She also reserved one year in prison if Baker was to violate the terms and conditions of his probation.