GREENVILLE - On Monday, Matthew Bowlin, 21, was sentenced to six years in prison, on six counts of burglary and one count of breaking and entering, following a plea agreement with the Darke County prosecutor.
Bowlin was already serving a sentence for attempted illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony, when he plead guilty to his most recent charges of burglary and breaking and entering. His sentences will be served concurrently, giving him four additional years.
Bowlin’s attorney, Robert Long, requested only 18 months be added to his sentence, rather than four years.
Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ornsby recommended a seven-year sentence for each burglary, and one year for the breaking and entering charge, to be served concurrently with each other and with his current prison term.
Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein informed Bowlin, in a video hearing from prison, that the maximum time for burglary was eight years. He added that if Bowlin were facing consecutive terms, he’d be looking at 49 years, and a maximum fine of more than $92,000; he noted that this sentence could be added to the one he began serving in 2013.