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Athens – Plains Man Pleads Guilty to 19 Criminal Charges


ATHENS, Ohio – A man from The Plains was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 10, in Athens County Common Pleas Court to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to 19 criminal charges spanning nine different cases as well as admitting to a parole violation.

Mark Barnhart, 33, appeared in court and pleaded guilty to each count as charged. The crimes include a third-degree felony count of escape, theft (F5), possession of heroin (F5), eight counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, fourth-degree felonies, four counts of receiving stolen property (F5), two counts of fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property and two counts of breaking and entering (F5).

Over the course of nearly two years, Barnhart stole several vehicles, was found in possession of drugs, possessed stolen items and ran from law enforcement officers after being transported to the Athens County Sheriff’s Office from the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.

Barnhart was ordered to pay more than $2,000 in restitution to victims of his crimes.

For each of the 19 counts, Visiting Judge Crawford sentenced Barnhart to a total of eight years in prison. He added an additional year for violating conditions of his parole