Burglar gets two years in prison for 'crime spree'

Defense attorney says father of three has been diagnosed with being paranoid schizophrenia.
Cary Ashby
Mar 15, 2013

A man convicted of a "crime spree" in Huron and Richland counties was sentenced to two years in prison for the local burglaries and break-ins.

Former Shelby resident William R. Barnett Jr., 21, is serving a four-year prison term for one count of burglary through Richland County Common Pleas Court. He was admitted to the Lorain Correctional Institution on Feb. 26.

Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway added two years to the man's four-year sentence Wednesday.

The judge sentenced Barnett to two years in prison for one count each of burglary and 11 months for breaking and entering. Conway ordered the defendant to serve the sentence at the same time, but after his Richland County term -- punishment for what a prosecutor said is "similar behavior."

Barnett's local convictions were for two burglaries on Aug. 23 and an Aug. 17 break-in.

"Mr. Barnett is one of the three defendants in what we'd call a crime spree," Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff told the judge.

Barnett pleaded guilty to breaking into two attached garages in Plymouth and stealing an extension cord and other items Aug. 23. He also was convicted of stealing some copper wire from an unattached New London garage about one week earlier.

Barnett's attorney, Reese Wineman, agreed the defendants committed a crime spree since the incidents happened over a short amount of time. Wineman said his client has been diagnosed with being paranoid schizophrenia and while he considers it a "mitigating factor," the attorney said the diagnosis didn't make a guilty-by-reason-of-insanity plea possible.

"He has three young children," said Wineman, who also mentioned Barnett has received a lot of "strong family support," especially from his father.

Barnett, who could be on as much as three years of parole, declined to speak on his own behalf. He and his accomplices must pay $2,110 in restitution.

On Jan. 23 -- one day before Barnett pleaded guilty -- one his co-defendants, Kyle S. Weiner, 23, of Willard, was sentenced to two years in prison. He earlier pleaded guilty to two burglary charges and one count of theft of a credit card.

Weiner is serving a total of four years for the three local charges plus a Richland County burglary conviction at the Belmont Correctional Institution.

The third co-defendant, Greenwich resident Alexander M. Hopkins, 22, was sentenced to five years of probation Jan. 10 for being the men's look-out. His convictions for one count of burglary and two charges of breaking and entering were for two Aug. 10 incidents in New London.

The crimes happened in New London, Plymouth, Greenwich and Celeryville.

Authorities have said the three men stole GPS units, cash, cameras, watches, compact discs, DVDs, iPods, MP3 players, extension cords and tools from attached and unattached garages. Huron County sheriff's deputies recovered most, but not all, of the items.

There were 16 victims. Police in New London, Greenwich and Plymouth assisted detectives with the investigation.

Comments

arnmcrmn

Rot in jail. Hope Bubba really has a good time with y'all.

Brock Lee

loooooosers

MiSS EVERYTHiNG

Wrong Barnett mugshot. That's Lacy in the picture above not Will.

truckin

Of course he is paranoid... A Life of Crime.. comes the ever need to always have to watch over your shoulder..

truthbetold77

hey Norwalk reflector.. why are you always posting the wrong mug shot!! that is lacy Barnett.. not William. You did the same thing with the randy ruff mug shot.. do you not know how to read first names or what?

bill--bird

this is williams DAD,YES! this IS william NOT Lacy,and the trucker that says people are losers and all other losers on here with their comments you dont know what your talking about,and if you have any thing to say about my son come and see me with your COMMENTS,dont hide behind your computer.

Scranton Tibbs

^^^^UH OH^^^^ here we go!!!!! Let's fight like hillbillies! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Stay classy Huron county LMAO!!

bill--bird

and as for you,you dont like it? I DONT CARE !!! I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT YOUR CCLLAASSSS!!!!!!!!!dont like it?dont comment,dont read it.its NON OF your buisiness! this has nothing to do with YOU !!!!

Scranton Tibbs

Um......hey bill-bird.....don't wanna be the one to break this to you but, YOUR SON IS A FN LOSER!....by the looks of your post, YOU ARE TOO! WOW!

bill--bird

um daaaa,wow,wooo youuu tupid

mikeylikesit

kool aid smile

bill--bird

just like you had

mikeylikesit

I still got my kool aid smile! the drink be grape. relax man, I don't know these guys, got no personal problem with them but I gotta laugh every time the reflector posts these pics. the young man smiling is pretty funny for a mugshot. these young men got into trouble, got caught and will have to pay the price. this too shall pass. it usually gets pretty ugly on this forum. people will talk, that's what the forum is for. don't take stuff you read on here too personally. life is too short for all that stress..oh, about that dress, the dry cleaner couldn't get all the stains out but you can have it or one of my many others!

bill--bird

can we borrow the dress you had in there?from william sr. willard oh

bill--bird

people all over claim to be hillbillys even when your not,but try to act like its a sin to be a hill billy.well, your a buckey wooooooo,ill hold up for my son,i dont care what you think,or say or comment,your not ;getting me;hide behind your fake name,

bill--bird

im a hill billy,william b sr ,willard,let me show you CLASS!!!willard come look me up,say it to my face.big bubba??my boy knows how to fight,black belt,

truthbetold77

that's why I was just told last night that while your boy was in the richland county jail he got punked out and harassed everyday and didn't do a thing about it.. hes going to be someones punk in prison believe that.

bill--bird

i know your in the family....you know what that means.my nephew punked YOU out!! at your house even,my son isent gonna do any thing unless he has too,hes trying to behave,under stand? my advise for YOU is you better shut the hell up....

Scranton Tibbs

Go to bed Bill. Wake up tomorrow and find a way to raise a kid that isn't a THIEF. Nice parenting.

bill--bird

i know who you are ,and you were in prison,and was PUNKED very hard,and liked it.and any way,me and my ex was divorced,his mom raised him,i did what i could,

Scranton Tibbs

THAT'S PRICELESS~!

bill--bird

parents of the usa,no matter what you do,kids are gonna get into trouble with friends that are no good,my kid got dragged in to this,the one got 5 months ,thanks to snitching and one got a lesser,my son got all togeather 5 yrs in prison,,why you ask,cuz he DID NOT snitch.all you dont know the whole story.why do you want to taunt bill? please stop,he is hurting all ready,its not his fault,stop so he stops, hes got heart probs.(annonumous.)

bill--bird

my son got 5 yrs in norwalk,and 4 in richland,the one snitch got 5 months,in the county. and the other got a few yrs.and my son is on meds,and they took advantage of him,when he was off his med, you wanna pick on some one? pick on the other two. (((signing off hopefully for good,no more,stop tearing peple apart on here,bunch of d88m nonsence)))

truthbetold77

hey billy.. your a snitch too.. you always have been.. your a snitch from way back. and your son is going to be someones punk. and he sleeps with his cousin also.

bill--bird

your doing alot of commenting these days,i wonder what all these people you commented on would do when i tell them who you are.all the criminals and there family and friends.but dont worry,ill see you befor long,why dont you type your name after your comments.do you think it matters what YOU say??cuz your a worthless cheating liar, your lies be told 77,dont hide chicken sh&t.what are you? you sit and comment,making it seem like your one of the good girls,but your nasty,your a cheater have kids out of your marrage,your worried,so worried about me and trying to make me and any one else look bad cuz you know your no good,thats why you do your daily commenting,your daily (look at me, im better than these people read my comment,im a good person,look at what nasty i write about people,every one is a target for you,but we will meet up sooner or later,

bill--bird

scoll down to bottom of this page,it says (privacy policy) yeh,click on it haha yeah,they have no privacy,they will tell who who is,hahaha