Vickery man gets sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison

A Vickery man who admitted he committed a burglary at a restaurant and broke into two businesses was sentenced to nearly five years in prison Wednesday.

In January, Bryan J. Blankenship, 41, had pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, a second-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; safecracking, a fourth-degree felony; and two counts of breaking and entering and one count of possessing criminal tools, all fifth-degree felonies.

Blankenship appeared before Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley for sentencing Wednesday.

Kelbley followed the joint recommendation and sentenced Blankenship to four years and 11 months in prison, with credit for 85 days served.

Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office agreed not to oppose a properly filed motion for judicial release if there are no unfavorable reports from the institution and if Blankenship serves one year in prison.

The burglary occurred Sept. 21 at Denny’s Restaurant in Tiffin, and the breaking and entering incidents occurred Aug. 20 at IC Treats in Bascom and Sept. 16 at Double Barrel Bar and Grill in Tiffin.

Blankenship must pay restitution of about $3,500 with the co-defendants.

Before sentencing, he apologized to the victims. He said he was using drugs at the time and has been clean for six months.

Diane Boes-Reiter, owner of I.C. Treats -N- Things, addressed Kelbley during the hearing.

Boes-Reiter said she continues to worry and distrust people, including her customers and employees.

“I would like to see him get the maximum sentencing with no parole option,” she said.