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October 4, 2015

Bowlin faces more prison time on new case

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GREENVILLE – Matthew K. Bowlin was arraigned in the Darke County Common Pleas Court Friday afternoon by video feed from the North Central Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio.

Bowlin is currently serving a three year prison sentence for an unrelated conviction for methamphetamine out of the Darke County court. He faces an additional 49 year sentence if convicted under the new multi-count indictment handed down by a Grand Jury in February.

Bowlin was indicted on six counts of Burglary, all second degree felonies, and one count of Breaking and Entering, a felony of the fifth degree. The charges stem from offenses allegedly involving Bowlin and two accomplices in August and September of 2012. Bowlin’s co-defendants, Terry Goodpaster and Lacie Copeland have both been sentenced on their charges in the case. Both have agreed to testify against Bowlin if his case goes to trial as part of their plea agreements with the prosecution.

Judge Hein ordered a bond of $25,000 in the case and appointed Robert Long as Bowlin’s defense attorney. A status conference is set for June 5 in the case. In addition to the 49 year maximum sentence, Bowlin as faces $92,500 in fines if convicted as charged.