KENTON — A third man charged in a theft operation in Hardin County pleaded guilty Monday and agreed to testify against his co-defendants.
Jasin Rorabough, 20, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 18 months but the prosecution agreed to recommend probation.
Sentencing was scheduled for March 6. Judge William Hart of Hardin County Common Pleas Court ordered Rorabough released on a signature bond pending sentencing.
In exchange for the plea and sentencing recommendation, Rorabough agreed to testify against his co-defendants, Michael Moore and Aaron Sells, Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey said.
“He has been very cooperative with the state and very honest with what his knowledge is,” Bailey said.
Rorabough received two guns and a BB or pellet gun in exchange for helping the other two men in some of the crimes, Bailey said.
Moore, 21, and Sells, 28, face a lot more serious charges, including multiple counts of receiving stolen property and grand theft. They also are accused of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
The charges against the men say they stole numerous items, including guns, cars, jewelry, dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles, yard equipment and other vehicles.
In late November, Hardin County sheriff's deputies raided the home of Sells’ parents at 16363 Township Road, near Ridgeway. They found hundreds of items in numerous buildings on the property and numerous guns buried on the property.