Two men sentenced for burglary


Two Washington C.H. men were sentenced as co-defendants to three years in prison on Monday morning after both pleaded guilty to burglary, theft and theft of drugs.

Derek M. Watkins, 24, and Darren A. Huffman, 26, of 413 E. Paint Street, admitted to stealing an XBox 1 game console, a Playstation 4 game console, a bottle of Jagermeister, one black wireless Playstation 4 remote, two black wireless XBox 1 remotes, five games and one DVD, and one bottle of pills prescribed to the Delaware Street resident on April 12.

While on patrol on April 12, Washington Police Department Officer Jeff Heinz observed two suspicious persons in an alley. Heinz noted in his report that as he got closer to two individuals, they began cutting through yards to avoid him. The subjects then began to run.

Heinz was able to apprehend Huffman, who had the Delaware Street resident’s prescription on his person, reports said. Heinz had officer Mathew Ellis search the area for the second person, and Ellis found the two gaming consoles, video games, and alcohol. All the property appeared to have blood on it, according to Heinz’s report.

After taking Huffman to jail, Heinz went to the address noted on the pill bottle where he observed, according to his report, footprints and a busted out side window and broken glass. Washington City Police Det. Tom Queen was called out to process the scene.

Queen then interviewed Huffman, who reportedly stated that he and Watkins were at the victim’s house and had tried to kick the back door in, according to reports. When they were unable to do so, a brick was thrown through the window. Watkins entered through the window and let Huffman in through the door, police said.

Watkins pleaded guilty to burglary, a felony of the second degree; theft, a felony of the fifth degree, theft of drugs, a felony of the fourth degree; and obstructing official business, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Watkins was sentenced Monday to three years for burglary, one year for theft, and 18 months for theft of drugs, all to be served concurrently with each other for a total sentence of three years. Watkins was also sentenced to 90 days in the Fayette County Jail for obstructing official business to be served concurrently. Watkins was awarded 63 days jail-time credit.

Watkins’ driver’s license was ordered to be suspended for six months. Watkins is facing three years mandatory probation after he is released from prison.

Huffman pleaded guilty to burglary, a felony of the second degree; theft, a felony of the fifth degree; and theft of drugs, a felony of the fourth degree. The court sentenced Huffman to three years for burglary, one year for theft, and 18 months for theft of drugs, all to be served concurrently with each other, for a total sentence of three years. Huffman was awarded 64 days jail-time credit.

Huffman’s driver’s license was ordered to be suspended for six months. Huffman is facing three years mandatory probation after he is released from prison.

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