Miami County burglars to spend more than a decade in prison

TROY — A Troy man and woman convicted of multiple burglaries in Miami County last year were sentenced Monday to 20- and 15-year prison terms, respectively, by a judge who called their actions unacceptable and a violation of people’s sense of safety in their homes.

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“People like you cause people to lock their doors at night,” Common Pleas Judge Jeannine Pratt told Mark Burgin, 39, and Angela Roberts, 30. “If you break into somebody’s home in Miami County, you are going to prison for a long time.”

Burgin pleaded guilty in August to 21 felony indictments that could have resulted in a combined possible prison term of 94.5 years. Roberts pleaded guilty to 20 felony indictments that carried a possible term of 91.5 years.

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Roberts and Burgin were arrested in burglaries in Bethel, Monroe and Springcreek townships in Miami County. Prosecutors said the two committed the crimes between February and August 2017. Both also were convicted in Warren County burglaries and are serving five-year prison terms in those cases. Pratt said Burgin also has burglary charges pending in Kentucky.

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Burgin and Roberts were scheduled to go on trial beginning Aug. 21 in Common Pleas Court, but instead entered pleas.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to recommend a 20-year prison term and dismiss four firearms specifications against Burgin. The local sentence will run concurrent to the five years ordered in Warren County.

Burgin pleaded guilty to 18 burglary counts and one count each of safecracking, engaging in corrupt activity and conspiracy to engage in corrupt activity. He apologized in court Monday, and said he was embarrassed and blamed his behavior on addictions.

Roberts pleaded guilty to 17 burglary counts and one count each of safecracking, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity.

As part of a plea deal, five gun specifications were dismissed. Her sentence also will run concurrent to the Warren County term. She, too, blamed her actions on addictions Monday and read a letter apologizing for her actions.

Burgin was ordered to pay $13,178 restitution and Roberts another $12,347.

Ryan Spitzer, assistant county prosecutor, said their participation in burglaries in southwest Ohio caused more than $25,000 in losses. Pratt said their actions violated the sense of security of nearly 50 people.

The judge commended the efforts of law enforcement in several counties where Burgin and Roberts were believed to be engaged in crimes.