GREENVILLE — One of three men charged with a rash of burglaries in Bradford this spring was sentenced to a drug rehabilitation program Monday in Darke County Common Pleas Court.
Gabe Ferguson, 21, of Bradford, pleaded guilty to third-degree felony charges of burglary.
In April, Ferguson was arrested with two others, Alex Michael Schmidt, of Piqua, and Shane Austin Sargent, of Gettysburg, for committing a number of area break-ins.
Despite Ferguson’s lengthy criminal history, extending back to a number of infractions as a minor, prosecuting attorney Michael Rieman agreed that an intensive, in-patient drug treatment program would best suit the defendant, citing his young age, his lack of prior felonies, and his cooperation with law enforcement.
“The state feels the major underlying cause of everything for Mr. Ferguson is his severe drug problem,” Rieman said.
Rieman reported that the MonDay drug treatment program of Dayton, Ohio, had accepted Ferguson as a candidate.
Attorney Paul Wagner, representing Ferguson, concurred, saying his client “has a willingness to engage in the program,” and added he believed his entrance to the program “has a reasonable expectation of success.”
Speaking on his own behalf, Ferguson told the court “I wish I could apologize to my victims, and say I’m sorry to my mom and my family, because I made them victims, too.”
He admitted that every criminal charge he had was related to his use of illegal drugs.
“I’ve been an addict for almost seven years now, and I can’t get a grip on it,” he said.
Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Ferguson to community control for up to 60 months as well as 120 days in jail, with 83 days credited for time served. Once he is transferred to the MonDay program, the balance of his jail sentence will be suspended.
In addition to successful completion of the program, Ferguson was ordered to pay court costs, serve 100 hours of community service, stay clear of all alcohol and illegal drugs, and to seek and maintain employment upon release.
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