GREENVILLE – Matthew Bowlin, 21, was sentenced Aug. 4 to a four more years in prison on six counts of Burglary and one count of Breaking and Entering following a plea agreement with the Darke County Prosecutor.
Bowlin was already serving three years for a previous felony, Attempted Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, when he pleaded guilty to the Burglary and Breaking and Entering charges. The new prison term will be served concurrently; giving him an additional four years. According to the agreement, Darke County Prosecuting Attorney R. Kelly Ormsby recommended seven years in prison for each Burglary count and 12 months for the Breaking and Entering count; all to be served concurrently, and in addition, to be served concurrently with the remainder of his current prison term.
Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein told Bowlin in a video hearing from prison the maximum time for Burglary was eight years. If sentenced consecutively he’d be facing up to 49 years and a maximum fine of $92,500. He noted this sentence could also be added to the one he started serving in 2013.
Hein noted Bowlin’s plea was based in part on his belief sentencing would not exceed the recommendation of the prosecutor. Bowlin’s attorney, Robert E. Long, Troy, requested 18 months be added to his sentence instead of four years.
“He’s a different person than when he committed the crimes,” Long said. “He’s working on his GED and wants to be an auto mechanic. He’s remorseful and wants to apologize to the victims.”
In sentencing Bowlin, Hein said he must consider state guidelines; he also noted recidivism was likely.