Shalersville burglary gets man 4-year prison sentence

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

A Brimfield man who admitted to committing a burglary on Coit Road in Shalersville in July has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Christopher L. Devine, 31, of 2206 Meloy Road, was sentenced Monday, Dec. 3, to four years in prison by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman. He pleaded guilty in October to aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and faced a maximum of 11 years in prison.

Pittman credited Devine with 120 days served in the Portage County jail toward his prison sentence. She also ordered him to pay restitution of $1,371 to his victim within 10 years, and fined him $350.

Devine admitted to burglarizing a house in the 9200 block of Coit Road in Shalersville on July 27. Portage County Sheriff David Doak said detectives investigated the incident after the homeowner reported someone had broke in and taken multiple items.

Only 90 minutes later, sheriff's deputies stopped a car driven by Christopher Devine's brother Robert E. Devine III, on Tallmadge Road in Rootstown. Deputies found items taken during the Shalersville incident inside the car.

Christopher Devine had been inside the car, but fled on foot when he saw deputies in the area. He was later arrested on a warrant.

Robert Devine's trial on a charge of complicity to aggravated burglary, also a first-degree felony, is scheduled to begin in Pittman's courtroom on Jan. 23, according to court records.

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  • He would have gotten less time if he was a baby raper.