EL man admits stealing pipes to buy drugs

LISBON — A 60-year-old East Liverpool man, who admitted he was stealing to buy his drugs, pleaded guilty to burglary in Common Pleas Court on Thursday.

Wilbert E. Faulk, Lincoln Avenue, East Liverpool, told Judge Scott Washam he went into a home to steal the copper plumbing so he could sell it and buy drugs. Court records indicate Faulk broke into the Bradshaw Avenue, East Liverpool, home of Linda Wilson on Jan. 27.

Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones asked for an 18-month prison term, stating Faulk had agreed to a stipulated plea agreement including a proposed 18-month sentence. His defense attorney, Colleen Hall Dailey, said he was asking for immediate sentencing and had been in the county jail since his arrest and he should receive credit for 165 days already served.

Jones said Faulk has a long criminal record with his oldest breaking and entering case going back to 1977. His most recent case before this one was also a breaking and entering case from 2017. Dailey said three of his previous convictions have been for breaking and entering.

Washam asked Faulk if he had ever had any assistance in dealing with his drug addiction, which Faulk said he had not.

“You’re 60-years-old,” Washam said. “You’re not a young man. I hope you are able to get this drug problem under some kind of control so you are not just back here again.”

Washam agreed to the stipulated sentence of 18 months.



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