Michael Bowles sentenced to 4 years in prison for burglaries


GREENVILLE — A man accused of committing burglaries with three others was sentenced Tuesday in Darke County Common Pleas Court.

Michael J. Bowles, 29, of Greenville, will spend four years in prison after reaching a plea agreement with the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office. He was represented in court by defense attorney Paul Wagner. Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Quigley represented the state.

In exchange for his guilty pleas on third-degree felony counts of burglary and grand theft of a firearm, the prosecution agreed to drop two other felony charges.

Bowles has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for burglary, assault, menacing, and drug possession. His co-defendant in the burglaries, Terry Goodpaster, 32, of New Madison, was sentenced to four and half years in prison on Monday.

Bowles, Goodpaster and two others twice burglarized the home of a family that had sought to help Goodpaster following his release from prison on a prior burglary conviction. The goods stolen were used to purchase drugs. A third residence was also broken into and robbed.

Like Goodpaster, Bowles was ordered to pay $28,578.02 in restitution to the burglary victims, as well as court costs.

The two co-conspirators — Tesla Fox and Peter Cheadle — still await court appearances in their cases. Fox is scheduled to be sentenced June 29 after a guilty plea for her role in the burglaries. Cheadle’s case is slated to go to trial July 25 unless a plea agreement is reached.


By Erik Martin

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