Woods gets 12 years for 13 home burglaries for heroin


A man who pleaded guilty to 13 burglary counts and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

John A. Woods, 31, of New Middletown, drew the sentence from Judge Lou A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Woods was among eight defendants indicted in July in what authorities said was a large-scale burglary ring.

Martin P. Desmond, an assistant county prosecutor, said items stolen in the residential burglaries, such as jewelry and computers, were sold and the money was used to buy heroin.

Woods pleaded guilty to burglaries in Petersburg, Poland, New Middletown, Struthers, Boardman and Girard. The

Mahoning County Law Enforcement Task Force investigated the case.

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