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Men admit cemetery marker theft, break-in

Jacob Kendrick

Two men admitted Monday they stole grave marker vases from Seneca Memory Gardens and broke into Mack’s Trucking.

Jacob F. Kendrick, 21, pleaded guilty to charges of safecracking, grand theft and three counts of receiving stolen property, all fourth-degree felonies; and theft and two counts of breaking and entering, all fifth-degree felonies.

Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley sentenced Kendrick to 59 months in prison, with credit for time served.

Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office agreed not to oppose a properly filed motion for judicial release if there are no violation reports from the institution and if Kendrick enters and completes CROSSWAEH.

Kendrick would be eligible for judicial release after serving six months in prison.

Prior to sentencing, Kendrick apologized to the community.

His attorney, Michael Kelley, said Kendrick has a serious addiction issue and wants treatment for it.

Also in Kelbley’s courtroom Monday, James W. Wyans, 38, of Fostoria, pleaded guilty to grand theft, safecracking and two counts of receiving stolen property, all fourth-degree felonies; and theft and two counts of breaking and entering, all fifth-degree felonies.

The case is being referred for a pre-sentence investigation.

The joint recommendation is Wyans serve a three-year term of community control under the supervision of Seneca County’s drug intensive probation officer.

He would undergo weekly drug and alcohol urinalysis and complete the Participating in Victory of Transition treatment program.

Shawn M. Wyans, 41, of Fostoria, previously had pleaded guilty to charges of grand theft and two counts of receiving stolen property, all fourth-degree felonies; and breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony.

The breaking and entering occurred at Seneca Memory Gardens, and the grand theft involved brass or bronze grave marker vases, according to court records.

Wyans also had brass or bronze grave marker vases from Wood County Memory Gardens and Knollcrest Cemetery.

The case was referred for a pre-sentence investigation.

The joint recommendation is Wyans serve a three-year term of community control under the supervision of the drug intensive probation officer and 90 days in Seneca County Jail, with credit for 23 days served.

She also would undergo a minimum of weekly drug and/or alcohol urinalysis, complete a substance abuse assessment through Rigel Recovery Services as directed and complete all recommended services.

Kendrick must pay restitution of $212 to Seneca Memory Gardens jointly and severally with Shawn Wyans and James Wyans.

He also must pay restitution of $7,025 — including $50 for a portable safe; $6,000 cash; $775 for a new safe; and $200 for cleanup — to Mack’s Trucking jointly and severally with Leane Schock, 39, and James Wyans.

Schock has pleaded not guilty to charges of complicity to safecracking, a fourth-degree felony; and complicity to breaking and entering and complicity to theft, fifth-degree felonies, according to court records.

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