Dantonio Wilson was sentenced Wednesday in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas to six years in prison on a burglary charge for reportedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
Dantonio Wilson was sentenced Wednesday in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas to six years in prison on a burglary charge for reportedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT — A Fort Wayne man was sentenced Wednesday in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas to six years in prison on a second-degree burglary charge. Dantonio Wilson, 24, apologized during the sentencing hearing, saying, “I am very remorseful for my actions.”

According to testimony in the case, Wilson broke into the home of a former girlfriend. He was reportedly drunk and armed with a loaded gun when he busted his way in, causing his ex-girlfriend to flee out a window and onto a roof. The victim said in a written statement to the court that she was terrified of Wilson that evening. For his part, Wilson claimed he only wanted to reconcile with the woman. His attorney, Scott Gordon, noted that Wilson had no other felony conviction in his life, but Assistant County Prosecutor Martin Burchfield pointed out that Wilson does have two domestic violence charges on his record.

Wilson was given credit for 32 days already served in the case and was ordered to pay court costs.

A Van Wert native who is presently being held in the Allen Correctional Institution was back in court Wednesday for a re-sentencing hearing. Bobby Panning’s last conviction on rape and sexual battery charges from an incident more than a decade ago, was sent back to the court because Panning was classified as a sexual offender under the current law instead of under the requirements of the law that was in effect at the time of the offense.



This time around, Panning was sentenced for third-degree felony sexual battery. He received a 60-month sentence that will be served consecutive to a sentence from a Paulding County court for rape. Panning was also classified as a sexual predator.

Richard Schneider, 28, Ft. Jennings, was placed on community control for three years and sent to the WORTH Center in Lima for up to six month on a fifth-degree felony charge of breaking and entering. Schneider must also perform 200 hours of community service, serve an additional 60-day jail term, and pay fees and court costs. A nine-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Donna Cole, 45, Wren, was sentenced for misdemeanor Obstructing Official Business. She was placed on community control for one year and was given a 30-day jail sentence, a 30-day sentence to be served later, and pay fees and court costs. A 90-day jail term and $750 fine were deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

An Ottawa man pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal damaging and fifth-degree felony breaking and entering.

Adam Hector, 26, took a plea deal, pleading guilty to these charges while pending similar charges were dismissed. Sentencing for Hector will be on October 1.

Two hearings were held on Tuesday. Michael Whisman, 23, Van Wert pleaded guilty to complicity to burglary, a felony of the second degree. Three other charges were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea. Whisman faces up to eight years in prison at his Sept. 10 sentencing.

Ruby Hollingsworth, 55, Van Wert, admitted to violating her the terms of her bond by failing to report to probation she was arraigned. Hollingsworth was again ordered released on bond.