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Woman gets two years in prison for 2018 burglary in Vernon

Convicted of 2018 burglary in Vernon

WARREN — A western Pennsylvania woman on Tuesday was given a two-year prison sentence on a conviction related to a 2018 burglary in Vernon Township.

Rebecca Mittelmeier, 28, of 42 Center St., Sandy Lake, Pa., appeared before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew D. Logan after she had pleaded guilty July 28 to an amended indictment on a second-degree burglary charge.

Logan said her two previous felony convictions did not make Mittelmeier eligible for probation.

“There was a firearm involved in this crime, and I am giving you a break on the sentence, but you’ve got to get a handle on your drug problem,” Logan told the defendant as he sentenced her.

Mittelmeier could have received a maximum eight years in prison. She originally was indicted on a first-degree felony charge of complicity to aggravated burglary, but court records show she was a fugitive in the case until her arrest on March 4.

The defendant apologized for her actions and said her history of drug abuse led to her legal problems.

According to a Trumbull County sheriff’s report on April 17, 2018, a Bushnell Campbell Road resident said around 5:30 a.m., he heard a noise that woke him up. As he was walking in his living room, he heard glass break in another room. A man in a black hoodie began chasing the resident and reports state the man pressed a gun to the head of the resident. The resident managed to escape the assailant, reports state, and ran to a neighbor’s house.

When he got back to his house, he noticed his 2003 Hyundai missing as well as a laptop computer, which the report states was later found near a shed. A car belonging to Mittelmeier later was found in a ditch near the scene of the break-in, the report states.

Deputies stated in the report that entry to the home was made by someone throwing a rock through a window. The victim’s Hyundai was abandoned and recovered in Brookfield, the report states.

The male assailant in the case was not caught but may have been a victim in a western Pennsylvania homicide, authorities said.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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