POINT PLEASANT — One of two men arrested after multiple break-ins at the home of a local family, has entered into a plea agreement and been sentenced in Mason County Circuit Court.
Zachary M. Cline, 30, Henderson, entered a plea of guilty to felony conspiracy. Upon his conviction, Judge David W. Nibert sentenced Cline to not less than one, nor more than five years, in prison. He was given credit for 225 days already served in jail and charged $277 in court costs. He is currently housed at the Western Regional Jail.
Cline was indicted by the September term of the grand jury, along with Michael R. Richmond, 28, Point Pleasant, in regards to the case of break-ins at the home of Deron and Missy Deem, on Letart Rd. just outside Point Pleasant. Cline was indicted for burglary, petit larceny, conspiracy. Richmond was indicted for burglary, three counts; petit larceny; grand larceny; conspiracy. Richmond has entered a not guilty plea to the charges and a hearing in his case is set for January 2016.
As previously reported, back on April 2, Missy Deem said her two daughters arrived home to find a back door unlocked and the family later discovered jewelry and a television missing. Then, on April 23, another burglary, this time more jewelry was missing and someone had unsuccessfully attempted to remove a large, flat-panel television bolted to the wall.
After the second break-in, Missy told the Point Pleasant Register she and her husband realized this wasn’t a fluke or luck of the draw and installed security cameras. Then, on April 30, another burglary, only this time two males were caught on video with bolt cutters, going right for the television and this time literally cut it off the wall and got away with it.
Utilizing the media, the Deem’s released images of the two burglars and this resulted in the arrests of Cline and Richmond. The Mason County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.
The September indictment accuses Richmond of breaking into the Deem’s home on April 2, April 23 and April 30, while Cline is accused of participating in the burglary which occurred on April 30, along with Richmond.
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