Man given three years for pair of burglaries


The first of a trio of central Ohio men charged with burglary has been sentenced in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

Taj Marcus Easley, 21, of Columbus; Cedrik Deshon Donnally, 20, of Hilliard and Cody Alexander Gregory, 23, of Columbus were charged with various counts including burglary by a Delaware County Grand Jury on Feb. 17.

Easley appeared in court on May 22 to be sentenced for two counts of burglary, second-degree felonies after he pleaded guilty to the charges at a hearing on April 5.

At the sentencing hearing, Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley sentenced Easley to three years in prison for each of the two counts, but stipulated that the sentences be served concurrently.

Additionally, Easley was ordered to pay $750 in restitution and was credited the 104 days he spent in the Delaware County Jail since the case began. Gormley said that Easley will be subject to three years of post-release control when he finishes his sentence.

Easley was serving his sentence Wednesday.

Delaware police report that on Aug. 13, 2016, the trio forced their way into an apartment on Forest Brooke Way and held the residents at gunpoint. According to police, the men stole $5,000 cash, a safe, jewelry and several cell phones before leaving.

According to the indictment, on Sept. 16, 2016 Easley and Gregory returned to the apartment, held the residents against their will and stole $200 cash, a television, a car part and an Xbox 360 before leaving again.

Police report that the burglaries were not random and said the trio knew the victims.

Gregory also entered a guilty plea to two counts of burglary, second-degree felonies, at a hearing on April 24 and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 3. He was out on bond Wednesday.

Donnally pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, a second-degree felony, at a hearing on May 2 and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 12. He was in the Delaware County Jail Wednesday.

Cody Gregory Gregory

Taj Easley Easley

Cedrik Donnally Donnally

By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG

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