KENTON — A judge told a man convicted of felony for his role in a massive theft ring he will have every chance to get his life together.
Judge William Hart even told Jasin Rorabough he could someday file to have his record expunged if he stays out of trouble.
“You will have a chance to become a productive member of society,” Hart said.
Hart’s comments followed a sentence Monday of three years probation he issued against the 20-year-old Rorabough on the charge of receiving stolen property. The judge also ordered Rorabough to pay $250 restitution, a $100 fine and told him if he got in trouble, he would face a 17-month prison sentence.
Rorabough was part of the theft ring the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office broke up in November. Deputies raided the home of the parents of Aaron Sells at 16363 Township Road, near Ridgeway. They found hundreds of items in buildings on the property and many guns buried on the property.
Sells, 28, and Michael Moore, 21, face more serious charges than Rorabough. Sells and Moore are charged with multiple counts of receiving stolen property and grand theft. They also are accused of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
In exchange for the plea and sentencing recommendation, Rorabough agreed to testify against his co-defendants, Moore and Sells, Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey said.
Rorabough apologized for his role in the crime.
“I accept responsibility for my actions. I messed up, and I should have known better than to trust either one of them,” he 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.
The charges against Sells and Moore accused them of stealing numerous items, including guns, cars, jewelry, dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles, yard equipment and other vehicles.