Lynchburg man sentenced to two years in prison


A Lynchburg man was sentenced to at least 24 months in prison for possessing weapons while disabled in Highland County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday.

Brian Mock, 24, Lynchburg, was sentenced to at least 24 months in jail on one count of having weapons while disabled, a third degree felony, plus a forfeiture specification. He was also sentenced to 54 days in prison.

On June 1, 2021, according to court records, two deputies and a sergeant responded to a property on Weberton Road in Dodson Township to serve a probate order because a detention order was issued for Mock. When they arrived at the residence, the two deputies encountered a person who identified himself as the owner. The owner escorted them to Mock’s room where they found Mock and another person. The deputies explained the probate order to him, and while it was taking place, the sergeant saw a used hypodermic needle on the bed, one on a desk, and several needles in a small trash can.

A grocery bag containing hypodermic needles was also next to the trash can. Mock was escorted to a patrol vehicle. Another hypodermic needle was found in Mock’s pocket during a pat-down. The sergeant spoke to the other two people in the house, one of whom took them back to Mock’s room to collect the used hypodermic needles. While they were doing this, the person in Mock’s room asked the sergeant if they could show them how to secure the guns so they could carry them. The sergeant asked them where the guns were.

The person indicated that they were under the bed, then retrieved a Ruger .22 caliber pistol with a Tasco Pinpoint and loaded and inserted magazine, and a Chiappa Model 1911-22 pistol with a loaded and inserted magazine. The sergeant remembered that Mock had been in jail and radioed the dispatcher to determine if Mock had ever been convicted. Mock had previously been convicted of heroin possession in Highland County Common Pleas Court on May 18, 2017.

On June 24, 2021, the sergeant returned to the residence to speak to Mock. The sergeant questioned Mock about the firearms, which he said had been left at the residence by friends.

Jeremy Bender, 41, of Greenfield, was convicted in two separate cases, one for aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth degree felony, and the other for failure to appear, a fourth degree felony.

According to court records, Bender was sentenced to eight months in prison for the methamphetamine charge which is to be consecutive to a 10-month sentence for failure to appear. Bender was also sentenced to 103 days in jail.

On or about February 2, 2020, according to court records, a patrol officer saw three people in a yard. The officer recognized one of the people and thought one of the other people was someone with a warrant. When the officer asked the person they recognized, they said his name was Jeremy Bender and showed the officer his photo ID.

The officer confirmed that Bender had a warrant for his arrest in Ross County and placed him under arrest. After searching Bender, the officer found a small plastic bag containing an unknown substance. Bender said he just picked it up off the floor. The substance was submitted to the BCI where it tested positive for methamphetamine.

On or about September 1, 2021, court records indicate that Bender was charged in Highland County Common Pleas Court on June 2, 2021. On August 13, 2021, Bender was arraigned and received OR bond. He was informed by the court of the dates on which he was to appear. He then failed to appear at a preliminary hearing.

Jeremy Purdom, 40, New Vienna, was sentenced to at least eight months in prison for receiving stolen property, a fourth degree felony. A factor in Purdom’s conviction was that he had already served time in prison.

On June 11, 2021, according to court records, detectives attempted to locate a stolen vehicle on Careytown Road after receiving reports that Purdom may have been connected. There, detectives saw a red Dodge pickup truck towing a green Kia Sol drive past their location with a black Mercedes behind. One of the detectives recognized the van driver as Purdom. They also knew that Purdom did not have a valid driver’s license.

Detectives began following the vehicles, lost sight of them on Hixon Road, then located the vehicles on SR 72. As they approached the vehicles, the vehicles pulled into an SR 72 driveway Shortly after, the vehicles pulled out of the driveway. , and the Dodge, no longer pulling the Kia, pulled up to a property on SR 72 in Leesburg.

Officers found Purdom sitting in the driver’s seat of the Dodge. Purdom said it was dropping off its car transporter and returning to its store outside New Vienna. Purdom told one of the detectives that the vehicle belonged to a friend and claimed he was driving it because he didn’t have a truck of his own. Purdom confirmed the Mercedes was following him and said the person driving it was the friend mentioned earlier.

When the detective questioned Purdom about his attempt to evade officers, he said he did not know whether the Kia had been stolen or not and wanted to get rid of it. Purdom claimed his friend told him where to pick up the Kia and indicated he did not know who owned the property where the Kia was left. He said he had three weeks left on his parole and said he told his friends who brought the Kia to his house that it couldn’t be on his property if a bill of sale or title deed from the vehicle could not be produced. Purdom said he had arranged to tow the Kia from his property.

Rebecca Captain, 30, Lynchburg, was sentenced to at least 12 months in prison for tampering with evidence, a third degree felony.

Court records indicate that on or about September 15, 2021 and through October 19, 2021, the captain altered or destroyed a file that could have been used in an investigation.

Michael Riley, 49, of Hillsboro, was sentenced to three years of community control on one count of receiving stolen property, a fourth degree felony. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $2,081 to the victim.

On August 8, 2021, an arrest was made in reference to a burglary at a residence in Fisherman’s Wharf. While a deputy was talking to the person, they asked the deputy if they were aware of a recent break-in of a camouflaged Kubota side-by-side RTV. The person arrested gave details of the stolen Kubota and said they knew where it was.

The person said the stolen Kubota was at Riley’s. On August 8, 2021, officers responded to a residence on SR 41 and made contact with Riley. He was advised that law enforcement had received information about a stolen Kubota on the property.

The deputy saw the Kubota “sitting prominently” on Riley’s property. Riley consented to officers searching the property for stolen items. Riley said someone dropped off the Kubota and it didn’t belong to him.

Michael Orr, 37, Goshen, was sentenced to three years of community supervision on one count of breaking and entering, a fifth degree felony and one count of robbery, a fifth degree felony.

According to court records, Orr was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,101.

On June 25, 2021, according to court records, Orr and an accomplice entered the grounds in an attempt to commit a crime. They also state that on or about June 25, 2021, Orr and the accomplice stole Milwaukee saws, Milwaukee impacts, Milwaukee batteries and chargers, Milwaukee saw and blades, Milwaukee transparent metal attachment, Stihl chainsaws and other miscellaneous items.

Contact Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.

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