MOUNT VERNON — On Friday, May 11, Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster sentenced Ryan F. Smith, 27, Mount Vernon, to four years in prison on charges of burglary, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and misuse of a credit card. Smith was also ordered to pay over $6,000 in restitution to the crime victims.
Prosecutor John Thatcher said on December 21, 2011, Sgt. Al Dexter and Deputy Wayne Noggle, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, caught Smith and an accomplice after they burglarized a home on Blue Road. Detective Dave Light, KCSO, and Patrolman Brian Durbin, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the stolen credit card case.
>Richard L. Johnson, 28, Walhonding, was convicted of failure to provide change of address notification to the sheriff’s office. Johnson was sentenced to 13 months in prison. Thatcher said Johnson must register his address with authorities because of an unlawful sexual conduct with a minor conviction in 2008. Deputy Dan Selby investigated the case.
Eric L. Strosnider, 34, Centerburg, was convicted of pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor. Strosnider was sentenced to a three-year term of community control supervision and ordered to complete a sex offender program. The court also labeled Strosnider a Tier II sex offender who must notify authorities of any change of address for the next 25 years, including address verification every 180 days. Thatcher said on Jan. 24, Detective Tom Bumpus, KCSO, seized Strosnider’s computer during the execution of a search warrant at his residence. The subsequent analysis performed by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force confirmed the presence of files containing child pornography on Strosnider’s computer.
Ashley St. John, 26, Howard, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for failing to maintain contact with her supervising officer. Thatcher said St. John has been serving a term of community control supervision since being convicted of theft and forgery charges in 2010.
Joshua Barry, 27, Marion, was sentenced to 150 days in jail for failing to pay restitution. Barry has been serving a term of community control supervision since being convicted of theft by deception in 2009.