WARREN - A Niles man will spend at least eight years behind bars after he and his wife left their two small children in the back seat of their car while they went on a crime spree in January in Girard.
Jacob Burchell, 28, 36 Franklin St., was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty earlier to a four-count indictment that included two counts of burglary and counts of endangering children and petty theft. Judge Ronald Rice imposed the sentence.
He remained in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of bond since his arrest Jan. 10. His wife, Nicole, 27, was sentenced in August to seven years on similar charges and by a different judge.
The couple were arrested after Girard police answered a burglary-in-progress call at 863 Lawrence Ave. A neighbor told police that a man and woman kicked in the rear door of the residence and backed a car into the driveway.
The first patrolman on the scene blocked the driveway and the car - a brownish 2001 Chrysler Sebring, police said.
The patrolman heard banging on the first floor. He moved to the rear of the house and spotted the woman standing in the kitchen, the report states.
After the officer heard both voices in the kitchen, he went in. As he rounded a corner, he saw the man place something into the kitchen garbage can, the report states.
Jacob Burchell told officers that he was at the residence to do a plumbing job for the man who lives there, the report states. However, the neighbor told police that the homeowner was a woman.
The children were found by an officer walking up the driveway and turned over to a relative by police.