Strattanville Man Gets 8-16 Years For Venango County Burglaries

December 12, 2013
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A Strattanville man was sentenced this week in Venango County Court to 8-to-16 years in state prison on charges associated with six burglaries at businesses in Oil City and Cranberry Township in 2011.

38 year-old Jerry Ritchey is already serving time on similar charges in Clearfield County, was sentenced to additional time for trying to solicit from his jail cell someone to murder three people including his former wife, and has been sentenced to six months to two years in Clarion County on a count of receiving stolen property.

Ritchey was also ordered to pay more than $11,000 in restitution to the Venango County businesses he was accused of burglarizing.  He had been convicted last month on 16 counts in connection with the Oil City and Cranberry break-ins.

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