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Judge sentences man to seven years in prison

FARMINGTON – A man who was caught burglarizing a Park Hills residence was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Circuit Court Judge Sandra Martinez sentenced 41-year-old Kerry Smith to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary.

According to court records, a witness reported seeing a man kicking a back door of a Park Hills residence. Police officers responded and found the back door had been forced open and the glass to the door was shattered.

Officers found one man, 30-year-old James Hoffman, with his hands up. He has also been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Smith was found hiding in the closet and refused to get out. Officers removed him from the closet and found him in possession of four necklaces that had been stolen from the house. The room they were found in had been ransacked.

Smith refused to identify himself but told officers he had just been released from the correctional center in Licking. Officers were able to identify him by using Smith’s fingerprints and the description of his tattoos.

In an unrelated case, Steven DeSpain, 38, of Farmington, pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon. Sentencing will be held May 6.

According to court records, police broke up a fight between two men by using mace.

DeSpain was found in possession of brass knuckles, which were concealed in his pocket.

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