Tiffin man sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison

Tiler J. Clinger (right) sits next to his attorney, Alex Smith, during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley's courtroom Monday morning.

A Tiffin man who admitted he committed a burglary at an Eden Township residence and spit on the face of a Seneca County Jail corrections officer was sentenced to nearly five years in prison Monday morning.

In June, Tiler J. Clinger, 33, had pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, a second-degree felony, and harassment with a bodily substance, a third-degree felony, during hearings in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom.

Kelbley sentenced him to four years and nine months in prison, with credit for 224 days served, and ordered him to pay restitution of $85 during Monday’s hearing.

A person at 1618 E. US 224 had reported a possible active home invasion to Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. It appeared the person ran out the back when deputies arrived, a report states.

According to court records, the homeowner observed Clinger walking down the driveway toward the residence with a flashlight, and a deputy arrived and located him in the driveway with a flashlight. Clinger admitted he watched the residence and occupants for more than an hour and covered his head with a hood to conceal his identity, they state.

Clinger’s Bible, which had his name written inside, was located at the broken basement window, the point of entry, and Clinger had a flashlight from inside the residence, court records state.

While at Seneca County Jail, he had broken his water container, and it shattered. He was going to be removed from his cell so the broken pieces could be cleaned up, and he was hand-cuffed, according to a search warrant filed in Seneca County Common Pleas Court.

Clinger, who was described as highly combative, spit on a corrections officer while being placed into an emergency restraint chair for officer safety, the search warrant states.

Clinger declined to speak before sentencing Monday.

His attorney, Alex Smith, said mental health tends to be tied to the drug use.

“That mental health is a big, big factor in this,” he said.