EL man sentenced for break-in

LISBON – An East Liverpool man will spend 10 months in prison after breaking into a laundromat while he was down on his luck.

Randy Ammon was charged with breaking and entering and criminal tools after he was found on Nov. 27, 2012 at the Wash N Dry Laundromat, St. Clair Avenue. Court documents state he had cut a hole in the roof and gone in to steal money from the machines. When police found him, he had a backpack, hammer, screwdriver, spud bar, gloves and head light.

Part of what played into Judge C. Ashley Pike’s sentencing decision was the fact Ammon had two previous felony breaking and entering convictions in 1992 and 1994.

His attorney, Kelly Linger, argued that although Ammon had somewhat of an extensive criminal record, his previous crimes were due to a substance abuse problem. In this case, Linger said he has been working for the past 15 years but lost his job. Linger said it was not a matter of relapse, but sheer desperation due to having no money to support himself.

“It was around Christmas time,” Ammon said prior to sentencing. “I was broke and about to be thrown out of my house.”