Man gets five years probation for burglary

By Glenn Battishill - [email protected]



Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail

A Columbus man has been sentenced to five years of probation after he pleaded guilty in May to a burglary charge in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

The charge came in connection with a January incident in which he entered a man’s home with a gun.

Braxton J. Wooten-Sammon, 18, of Columbus, appeared Monday in Delaware County Common Pleas Court for a sentencing hearing where Judge Everett Krueger sentenced him on one charge of burglary, a second-degree felony.

Krueger sentenced Wooten-Sammon to five years of community control, stating that he faces up to four years in prison if he violates the terms of probation. Krueger said the community control sanction was adequate because the pre-sentence report indicates that recidivism was unlikely and probation would not demean the seriousness of the offense.

Wooten-Sammon was also ordered to serve 300 hours of community service and to pay court costs in the case.

Wooten-Sammon was indicted by a grand jury in February on charges of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor. The burglary charge to which he pleaded guilty is a lesser-included offense connected with aggravated burglary.

The original charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal with prosecutors in May. The aggravated burglary charge also originally carried a firearm specification that would have added additional prison time to any sentence he would have received.

Another man allegedly involved in the crime — Mark A. Newkirk, 19, also of Columbus — was indicted alongside Wooten-Sammon on a charge of aggravated burglary in February and is still scheduled to stand trial to face that charge on July 21.

A criminal complaint, filed in Delaware Municipal Court by Delaware police, states that, on the night of Jan. 26, Wooten-Sammon, Newkirk and an unknown man were contacted by Tammy Hall and Jeremy Daughtery, the parents of two girls who had stayed the night with Wooten-Sammon and Newkirk at their Roth Avenue apartment.

The parents asked that the men bring the girls, ages 20 and 15, home to their residence at 193 E. Winter St., Apt. C, and said they would pay them $30 in gas money, police reported.

However, according to police, when Wooten-Sammon, Newkirk and the other man arrived with the girls, Daughtery met them outside and said he would give them $30 the following week — at which point Wooten-Sammon allegedly pulled out a revolver and threatened to “blast” Daughtery.

Police report Daughtery then retreated into his home and Wooten-Sammon, Newkirk and the other man followed without permission, arguing about the money. During the argument, Wooten-Sammon reportedly punched a hole in an interior wall before leaving.

Both men were out on bail Friday.

Sammon Courtesy photo | Delaware County Jail

By Glenn Battishill

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

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