Seth Bierley was sentenced Wednesday in Van Wert Court of Common Pleas on three counts of breaking and entering and one charge of failure to appear. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
Seth Bierley was sentenced Wednesday in Van Wert Court of Common Pleas on three counts of breaking and entering and one charge of failure to appear. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT —A Rockford man currently living in Columbia City, Indiana was sentenced Wednesday on four felony counts in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. Seth Bierley, 25, was sentenced on three fifth-degree felony counts of breaking and entering and one four-degree felony charge of failure to appear. Judge Charles D. Steele sentenced Bierley to three years of community control including up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima.

“I know what I did was wrong,” Bierley stated in court.”I’m remorseful for my actions and to the victims. I understand that I must be punished for my actions. I know that my drug use has led me to do the things I have done in my past. I’ve been in trouble before but I’ve never been given the chance for proper rehabilitation.”

In addition to the rehabilitation, Bierely must serve 30 days in jail, 200 hours of community service, pay $1,170,89 in restitution as well as fees and court costs. A 12-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Tausha Walsh, 41, Van Wert, was placed on community control for three years on a fifth-degree felony count of possession of meth and of possession of drugs. Walsh must also perform 200 hours of community service, serve 30 days in jail, give up his drivers license for six months and pay fees and court costs. A nine-month prison term was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.



Trinity Joseph Snyder, 33, Van Wert, was sentenced to three years of community control on a fourth-degree felony count of attempted abduction and a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. As part of the community control, Snyder must serve 30 days jail , perform 200 hours of community service, pay fees and court costs and have no contact with the alleged victim A nine-month prison sentence and 180-day jail term were deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Justin Snyder, 34, Van Wert, was sentenced to 23 months in prison for fourth-degree felony assault on a police officer. He was given credit for 78 days already served in custody.

Richard Schneider, 28, Ft. Jennings, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree. Schneider faces up to 12 months in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 13.

On Tuesday, Denver Workman, 47, Lima, was arraigned on a charge of illegal use of supplemental nutrition benefits, a felony of the fifth degree. Workman pleaded not guilty and was released on bond with a pretrial hearing set for August 13.

Donna Cole, 45, Wren, entered a plea of guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. The charge was reduced from felony obstructing justice in exchange for her plea. Sentencing was set for August 13.

Jordan Vickery, 31, Middle Point, denied violating his probation by being terminated from the WORTH Center. A hearing on the violation will be held August 4.

Three persons were granted time waivers in their criminal cases. James Reynolds, 35, Continental, Andrew Thomas, 32, Ohio City, and Keil Martin, 28, Delphos, were each granted delays. All three defendants had been scheduled to go to trial in their individual cases in August. No new trial dates have been set.