Piqua puppy thief sentenced to prison


Matthew King, 20, to serve eight months in prison for violation probation

By Melanie Yingst - [email protected]



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MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt sentenced Matthew King, 20, of Piqua, to serve eight months in prison for violating conditions of his community control on Monday.

King pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property charge for stealing beagle puppies from a Piqua resident’s kennel in the backyard on June 3. At the time of his sentencing, Judge Pratt reserved up to 12 months in prison if he violated conditions of his probation.

King received 81 days of jail time credit. Last November, King was sentenced to serve two years of community control and was ordered to get a full-time job within 30 days and complete several programs. King said he was homeless for a period of time which he claimed contributed to his community control violations.

King pleaded guilty to five counts of violating his community control.

“I did mess up. I can do better and make sure probation is complete,” King said. King also has two pending charges of theft and complicity to theft in Miami County Municipal Court.

Judge Pratt noted at the time of King’s sentencing last November he had several pending charges and his name appeared in 12 police reports when he was placed on probation.

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Matthew King, 20, to serve eight months in prison for violation probation

By Melanie Yingst

[email protected]

Reach Melanie Yingst at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews

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