Martin Riley Pleads Guilty to Burglaries

July 26, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Martin Riley

A 44 year old man, charged in connection with a rash of break-ins late last summer in DeKalb County, pleaded guilty to four of those Friday in DeKalb County Criminal Court and received a six year sentence, to serve one year before being released to probation.

Judge David Patterson presided.

Martin Riley entered a guilty plea to four charges of aggravated burglary and received a three year sentence in each case. Three of the cases are to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to the fourth case for a total effective sentence of six years. Under terms of his sentence, Riley is to serve one year before being released to probation. The sentence is to run concurrently with his parole violation.

Riley must make restitution to the victims in six cases, amounts of which are yet to be determined. He was given jail credit from September 15th, 2009 to July 23rd, 2010

Last September, Sheriff Patrick Ray said Riley and his brother, Timothy Riley were believed to have been responsible for several burglaries and thefts in DeKalb and other counties.

According to Sheriff Ray, the Riley brothers didn't just allegedly steal small things, they also allegedly took large expensive household appliances. "We recovered all kinds of stainless steel refrigerators, stainless steel stoves, stainless steel freezers, radios, cd players, microwaves, toaster ovens, anything they could go into a house and get."

Sheriff Ray says the Riley's favorite targets were lake homes although they allegedly burglarized other residences as well "They would make entry into the houses, mostly lake homes, where people are not there everyday, push all these appliances up next to the door or on the front porch, and then they would go, get a vehicle, come back and load it all up, and sell it right then."

Cases against Riley's brother, Timothy Riley are apparently still pending in court.

Meanwhile, in other cases Friday 32 year old Samuel McClure pleaded guilty to two counts of theft under $500 and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case to be served at 75% and then be on probation. The sentences are to run consecutive to each other for a total effective sentence of two years.

28 year old Chasity Phillips pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a three year sentence in each case, all suspended to supervised probation except for 101 days to serve. She was given credit for time served. The sentences are to run concurrently. Phillips was fined $2,000 and she must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow any recommended treatments. Phillips must also reimburse law enforcement for all drug buy money and perform 100 hours of community service work. She was given jail credit for 101 days served.

48 year old Virginia K. Jones pleaded guilty to three counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a sentence of three years in each case to run concurrently with each other. She was fined $2,000. Jones was given credit for time served and will serve the balance of her sentence on probation.

34 year old Andre R. Watson pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a three year sentence to serve 120 days with the balance on probation. The sentences are to run concurrently. Watson must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment, pay a $2,000 fine, and perform 100 hours of community service. He must also reimburse for the drug buy money. Watson was given jail credit for 85 days served.

24 year old Corey R. Winchester pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of a schedule III controlled substance and received a two year sentence in each case, all suspended to supervised probation except for 120 days to serve. The sentences are to run concurrently with each other. Winchester must pay a $2,000 fine, perform 100 hours of community service work, and undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow any recommended treatment. He was given jail credit for 99 days served.

28 year old Elijah Arnold pleaded guilty to two counts of sale of a schedule II controlled substance. He received a three year sentence in each case, all suspended to supervised probation, except for 90 days to serve. The sentences are to run concurrently with each other. Arnold was fined $2,000 and he must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow any recommended treatment. He must perform 100 hours of community service work. Arnold was given jail credit for 85 days served.

53 year old Billy Joe Rigsby pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule II controlled substance and received a three year sentence to serve 120 days. He was fined $2,000 and he must perform 100 hours of community service and reimburse $50 for drug buy money. He was given jail credit for 101 days and will be on probation for the balance of the sentence.

44 year old Tammy Miller pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule II controlled substance and violation of probation. Miller received a three year TDOC sentence in the drug case to serve at 30% with the balance on supervised probation. Her fine was $2,000. For the violation of probation, Miller is to serve 120 days consecutively with the drug case sentence. While on probation, Miller must perform 100 hours of community service and undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and follow all recommendations. She was given jail credit for 74 days served.

25 year old John B. Pedigo pleaded guilty to simple possession and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on supervised probation. He must pay a fine of $250.

25 year old Joshua Rhyan Cripps pleaded guilty to having a prohibited weapon, simple possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case. The two sentences in the drug cases are to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to the weapon case for a total effective sentence of two years. Cripps was given jail credit for 335 days served and was fined $250.

22 year old Silvia Hawkins pleaded guilty to a first offense of driving under the influence. She received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended to supervised probation, except for 48 hours to serve. Hawkins was given credit for time served and she must pay a fine of $360. She will also lose her license for one year.

36 year old Joel Trobaugh pleaded guilty to simple assault and a first offense of driving under the influence. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days in each case, all suspended to probation, except for 30 days. The sentences are to run concurrently. He was given jail credit for 30 days served.

25 year old Flint Wilson Gilley, II, charged with filing a false report, a first offense of driving under the influence and simple possession, and another DUI case entered guilty pleas under a negotiated settlement. He received a two year sentence in the filing a false report case and 11 months and 29 days to serve 48 hours in each of the other two cases. The sentences in the DUI cases are to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to the filing a false report case for a total effective sentence of three years.

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