A Bolivar man was sentenced last week to a total of 14 years in prison on burglary and drug charges — including two felonies stemming from a March burglary bust that netted nine other arrests.
In accordance with a plea deal, Ricky Ken Herbert, 48, pleaded guilty July 30 in Polk County Circuit Court to second-degree burglary and possession of controlled substance, both class D felonies, according to court records. He also pleaded guilty to a second count of class D felony possession of controlled substance.
He was sentenced to four years in prison for the burglary charge and five years on each of the drug charges — one from the March bust and the other from May — by Associate Circuit Judge John C. Porter.
Herbert, along with Tricia Ann Mott, 36, Amber Lynn Shimp, 24, Joshua Wayne Smith, 37, Ginger Laine Huerta, 38, and Joseph Allen Tate, 49, all of Halfway, and Diana Vote, 46, and William L. Lentz, 53, both of Bolivar, were arrested and charged as a result of the multi-location March bust.
Two other individuals — Michael Vote, 47, of Bolivar and Jimmie Miller, 32 — were arrested on warrants during the searches but did not face additional charges.
Polk County Sheriff Danny Morrison previously told the BH-FP an around one-month investigation by his office following the theft of copper and air conditioning units from churches in the Halfway and Pleasant Hope areas resulted in the arrests.
Herbert is the fourth of eight suspects involved to be sentenced. He was indicted by a Polk County grand jury in April.
In early July, Shimp and Mott were sentenced. Shimp was ordered to serve 90 days in a structured substance abuse treatment program and formally sentenced to seven years on class D felony charges of second-degree burglary and possession of controlled substance. Mott was ordered to serve 60 days shock detention with credit for time served and five years supervised probation as part of a suspended imposition sentence.
In June, Smith was sentenced to 10 years in prison for class D felony second-degree burglary and five years for class E felony resisting arrest, to run concurrently.