East Liverpool woman gets 18 months for part in burglary ring

LISBON – A woman involved in an East Liverpool burglary ring in the summer of 2012 was sentenced to 18 months in prison for her part in the crime.

Angel M. Potts, 20, College Street, East Liverpool, who pleaded guilty in September to four counts of burglary, was sentenced Monday by Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike.

According to court documents, Potts and co-defendant David Sisco Jr. trespassed into the home of Greg Stansbury, Thompson Avenue, on July 17 taking a laptop, iPod and watches. Then on Aug. 15 at the home of Karen Sims, Woodbine, the couple went in through the back window and took about $2,000.

On Aug. 20, the pair went into the home of Gerald Potts, College Street, taking a television and miscellaneous Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia. Finally, on Aug. 28, in the home of Richard and Marsha Webb, Henry Avenue, they walked away with a video recorder and miscellaneous jewelry.

Both Assistant County Prosecutor Ryan Weikart and Potts’ defense attorney Richard Hura noted Potts was cooperative with police investigating the crimes, providing truthful information, which led to others being charged including her boyfriend at the time, Sisco, who was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Additionally, Hura noted Potts was “a very successful student, who apparently took a wrong path.” Although she never graduated from high school, she reportedly was carrying a 3.7 grade point average when she quit.

Potts noted she was on drugs at the time of the crimes and burglarized the homes in order to pay for her habit. She also apologized prior to sentencing.

“You are just too smart to waste your talents looking for ways to break into other people’s homes to take what they have to feed some type of drug habit,” Pike told her.

Potts was one of several people sentenced in Common Pleas Court on Monday:

– Following a trial to Judge Scott Washam on a receiving stolen property charge, Mitchel O. Lacey, 41, Bethesda Road, Hanoverton, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for that charge and a drug possession charge for heroin, to which he had already pleaded guilty.

The receiving stolen property charge stemmed from Lacey being found driving a 1997 Chevy pickup belonging to Robert Federer Sr. on April 1, along with passenger Missie Faloba, who testified earlier during the morning trial.

– Chealsey Cope, 37, East Taggart Street, East Palestine, was sentenced to five years probation for charges of possession of drugs and deception to obtain a dangerous drug, both fifth-degree felony charges. Court documents claim she had morphine in her possession on Aug. 12, 2012 and alprazolam by filling a prescription written for Jason Cope without his permission on Jan. 9, 2013.

Pike noted Cope has already put together a treatment program of her own, so he decided not to send her to the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center, where counseling would be available.

– Nicholas Pearson, 18, Church Street, East Liverpool, who pleaded guilty in September to vandalism after he broke out three windows at the Dairy Queen in East Liverpool, received probation.

“I was frustrated and had a lot of anger built up,” Pearson said when Pike asked him for his reason for damaging the windows. Pike noted there are better ways to deal with anger.

Damage was reported at more than $1,500. Pearson was ordered to make restitution to Al Gloeckner, the owner of the store, as part of his four-year probation.