Piqua puppy thief sentenced


King to serve two years on community control for receiving stolen property

By Melanie Yingst - [email protected]



MIAMI COUNTY — Matthew King, 20, of Piqua, was sentenced to serve two years of community control and was ordered to get a full-time job within 30 days in Miami County Common Pleas Court 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.

Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt ordered King to complete a “Thinking for a Change” course in Miami County Municpal Court. She also ordered him to complete job boot camp course through the Miami County Job and Family Services center if he does not obtain full-time employment in 30 days.

Judge Pratt also noted King’s name was found in 12 police reports following the June 3 charge.

“This is not a freebie,” she said. King received 53 days of jail credit and a curfew unless he is employed. Judge Pratt reserved a 12 month prison sentence if King violates conditions of community control.

King to serve two years on community control for receiving stolen property

By Melanie Yingst

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

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

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