GALLIPOLIS — A third individual indicted in relation to a recent spree of Gallia County burglaries has been arraigned in the Common Pleas of Court of Gallia County
Donald C. Wray, 34, Gallipolis, pleaded not guilty during a recent hearing to an 18-count indictment charging him with eight counts of burglary, nine counts of theft and one count of breaking and entering.
Wray was indicted along with Keith A. Skidmore, 20, and Matthew J. Gilbert, 24, both of Bidwell, for the burglary of seven homes this April, the theft of multiple firearms and other items, as well as the illegal entry into an outbuilding.
According to the indictment, returned by a grand jury and filed with the Gallia County Clerk of Courts on June 27, Wray, along with the co-defendants, allegedly burglarized a Gallia County residence on April 17 of this year and stole a 20 gauge New England Pardner shotgun, a .22 caliber Winchester Model 67A rifle, a Stevens .22 caliber auto rifle, as well as Percocets, a schedule II controlled substance, from the residence.
The indictment further alleges that the defendant entered a residence on Williams Hollow Road between April 13-15 and stole a 12 gauge Remington pump shotgun, a 16 gauge bolt action shotgun, a 410 gauge single shot shotgun and a .22 caliber rifle with scope.
A residence located on Cargo Road was also burglarized on April 5 and miscellaneous jewelry was taken from that residence, according to the charges.
Additionally, the indictment states that a residence on Bulaville Pike was broken into between November 7 and November 26, 2009, and was allegedly burglarized again by the defendant on April 19-21 of this year.
The indictment also specifies a burglary on Yellow Town Road on April 4, as well as a break-ins at residences located on Ohio 160 and Kerr Road and a barn located on Cora Mill Road.
During his arraignment, Wray’s bond was set at $100,000, 10 percent, and he was ordered to have no contact with the victims in this case.
A jury trial in this case has been set for November 13.
Skidmore was arraigned in July 16 and pleaded not guilty to all 18 counts of his indictment.
His bond was set at $50,000, 10 percent, and a jury trial has been scheduled for October 1 in this case.
Gilbert was arraigned in this case on August 6 and pleaded guilty to the charges against him. His bond was set at $100,000, 10 percent and a jury trial has been scheduled for October 22.
Gilbert was also recently arraigned in a 2011 case and pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary for his alleged involvement in a residential break-in at a home located on Brick School Road on September 27, 2011.
The bond in this case has also been set at $100,000, 10 percent.
In a third case, Gilbert was arraigned on community violations after being sentenced to two years of community control on October 31, 2011.
In this earliest common pleas case, the defendant pleaded guilty to the burglary of an Ohio 588 residence between December 25 and December 27, 2009, and was subsequently sentenced to a term of community control.
The defendant’s bond in this case has been set at $25,000, 10 percent, and he is scheduled to appear for a hearing on the probation violations on September 27.
Wray, Skidmore and Gilbert all remain in custody in the Gallia County Jail.