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Published: Friday, 3/12/2010

Sylvania home burglar gets 4 years

The first of three people to be sentenced for their roles in the break-in of a Sylvania home is sentenced to four years in prison.

Billy D. Wilkinson, 33, of 5123 Ryan Rd. was sentenced Wednesday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court. He had pleaded no contest Jan. 7 to one count of burglary.

Judge Gary Cook dismissed an aggravated robbery charge and accompanying gun specifications as part of a plea bargain.

Wilkinson was one of four people believed to have been involved in the Aug. 28 break-in at a Williamsburg Drive home. Authorities were called to the house about 1 a.m. after the homeowner called 911 saying he had just shot an intruder.

Responding officers found the body of Louis M. Mason, 28, of Toledo, who died of two gunshot wounds. They also found 211 marijuana plants growing in the basement at the house.

The homeowner, Clay Hausenfleck, 46, was arrested on drug charges. He pleaded guilty Jan. 22 to one count each of possession of marijuana and illegal cultivation of marijuana and was sentenced Feb. 22 to three years in prison.

Also facing charges for the break-in are David A. Irving, 31, of 3907 Bancroft St., who is charged with burglary and aggravated robbery, both with gun specifications, and Julie A. Britton, 25, of 2345 Saint Roberts Lane, who is charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, both with gun specifications.

Ms. Britton is to stand trial April 19 and Mr. Irving's trial is to start May 3.

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