UPDATE: Man involved in home invasion headed to prison

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NEW MATAMORAS, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE 11:41 P.M. 9/10/2019

Left to right: Joseph Lee Slider, John Michael Decker, Jonathan Ahart, and Gabriella Iva Chaffin are 4 of 6 suspects indicted on charges in a home invasion that injured a homeowner in New Matamoras, Ohio on Nov. 29, 2018.

A man from Parkersburg is headed to prison for his role in a November 2018 home invasion in Washington County.

John Decker was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday morning in Washington County Common Pleas Court. He pleaded guilty in August to aggravated robbery and felonious assault charges.

He had been facing several other charges, including attempted murder, but those charges were dropped in his plea agreement with prosecutors.
He and five others were charged after the home invasion on Williams Avenue in New Matamoras.

He's the fifth person to be sentenced. Clark Westbrook is still at large.
He's facing charges of receiving stolen property and theft from a person in a protected class.

A warrant was issued for his arrest in April after he didn't show up for a court hearing.


UPDATE: 9/10/19

A 43-year-old Parkersburg man is headed to prison after he was sentenced for his role in a 2018 home invasion in Washington County.

Judge John Triplett sentenced John Decker to seven years in prison in Washington County Common Pleas Court Tuesday morning.

Decker pleaded guilty in August to aggravated robbery and felonious assault. He had faced several other charges, including attempted murder, but those charges were dropped in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Decker and five other people were charged after the home invasion on Williams Avenue in New Matamoras.

He is the fifth person to be sentenced in the case.

The Washington County prosecuting attorney's office said Clark Westbrook, 32, of Federal Hocking, remains at large after failing to appear in court in April.

He faces charges of receiving stolen property and theft from a protected class.


UPDATE: 6/21/19

A Marietta man was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday for his role in a home invasion in Washington County in November 2018.

Joseph Slider, 29, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and felonious-assault charges in Washington County Common Pleas Court on Thursday, at which time Judge Randall Burnworth sentenced him to eight years in prison, prosecutors said.

Slider was one of six people indicted on charges related to the incident in New Matamoras that resulted in a man who lived in the home being hospitalized with a skull fracture.

Jonathan Ahart, 40, of Davisville, Gabriella Chaffin,19, of Parkersburg, and Brittany L. McIntyre, 32, of Parkersburg, have all pleaded guilty and been sentenced for their roles in the crime.

Two other suspects, John Decker, 42, of Parkersburg, and Clark Westbrook, 32, address unknown, still face charges in connection with the incident.

Decker is scheduled to go on trial on Aug. 19. He has pleaded not guilty to several charges, including aggravated robbery, following his indictment in December 2018.

Westbrook faces charges of receiving stolen property and theft from a person in a protected class. A warrant was issued for his arrest in April after he failed to make a scheduled court appearance.


UPDATE: 3/29/19

Two women were sentenced this week in Washington County Common Pleas Court for their guilty pleas connected to a home invasion in New Matamoras in November.

Gabrielle Chaffin, 19, was sentenced to two years in prison for tampering with evidence and one year for theft from protected class. However, a judge ordered the sentences to run concurrent, meaning she will have to serve two years.

She also was sentenced to three years of community control and given credit for 115 days she’s already served.

Brittany McIntyre, 25, was sentenced to 30 days in the Washington County Jail for a tampering-with-evidence charge. She also was sentenced to two years of community control and probation.

They were among six people charged in the incident.


UPDATE 3/19/19

Jonathan Ahart was sentenced last week to four years in prison, according Washington County assistant prosecutor Joe Derkin. He will face a restitution hearing at a later date and three years of post-release control are mandatory.

Gabrielle Chaffin, whose sentencing was set for Thursday, has been continued until March 29 at 8:15 a.m.

Joseph Slider and John Decker, who face attempted murder charges, each have a final pretrial scheduled for April 18 with the trial set for May 14 at 9:00 a.m.

Clark Westbrook, whose case was severed from the rest of the home invasion case, has a final pretrial April 5 before his trial begins on April 22 at 9:00 a.m.


UPDATE: 2/20/19 5:00 pm

Brittney McIntyre pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence earlier this month. She could face up to 36 months in prison, along with fines and three years of post-release control.

Her sentencing is set for March 26.

Gabrielle Chaffin also pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and theft from a person of protected class. She could face up to 54 months in prison and three years of community control. Her sentencing is set for March 19.

Jonathan Ahart, originally indicted for complicity to commit robbery and theft charges, confessed to a burglary charge in a bill of information earlier this month. He waives his right to a grand jury indictment and his sentencing is set for March 14.

He could face up to eight years in prison. Three years of post-release control are mandatory.

The remaining suspects, Joseph Slider, John Decker and Clark Westbrook, have had their trials continued until a later date.


UPDATE: 12/21/2018

Six people charged in a November home invasion in New Matamoras, Ohio were indicted Friday by the Washington County Grand Jury.

Joseph Slider and John Decker were each indicted on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, felonious assault and other felony charges.

Gabrielle Chaffin, Jonathan Ahart were each indicted on charges of complicity to aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence, theft of firearms, and theft from a person in a protected class

Clark Westbrook was indicted on charges of receiving stolen property and theft from a person in a protected class.

Brittany McIntyre was indicted on a charge of tampering with evidence.

Washington County Prosecutors say just after the home invasion occurred, all six suspects, "realized there was an investigation, they threw away a lot of evidence, and destroyed a lot of evidence, to hinder the investigation."

In a separate case, the Grand Jury indicted Jared Irvin on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Prosecutors say Irvin was driving under the influence in a November crash on Ohio State Route 7.

Barbara Wilcox of New Matamoras, Ohio died when her vehicle was hit by Irvin's vehicle on Ohio Route 7 in November.

Irvin's vehicle then hit an ambulance with a patient on board.


UPDATE: 12/14/18

Joseph Slider, the fourth and final suspect, was arrested in Muskingum County Thursday by South Zanesville Police and Muskingum County Sheriff's, according to Washington County Sheriff's Office.

He is charged with aggravated robbery and felonious assault in a home invasion in New Matamoras that left one man seriously hurt.

Three other suspects were arrested late last month.

Slider was returned to Washington County late Thursday and had his first court appearance in Marietta Municipal Court Friday. He is being held in Washington County jail on a $500,000 dollar bond.

His preliminary hearing is set for December 19 at 3:30 p.m.


UPDATE: 12/01/18

Washington Co. Sheriff's deputies say Joseph Slider, 28, who is the fourth suspect wanted in a Nov. 29, 2018 home invasion in New Matamoras, Ohio, may have shaved the hair off his head and his goatee.

We've provided an updated set of photos showing what Slider's changed appearance may look like.

Slider is believed to be in the Wood County and Washington County area, and he is considered armed and dangerous.

If you see Slider or know where he might be, call 911 immediately and do not approach him.


UPDATE: 11/30/18

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says Jonathan Ahart, the third suspect in the Nov. 29 home invasion in New Matamoras, was arrested in Parkersburg.

He says Joseph Slider, 28, who is the fourth suspect wanted in a Nov. 29, 2018 home invasion in New Matamoras, Ohio, may have shaved the hair off his head and his goatee.

We've provided an updated set of photos showing what Slider's changed appearance may look like.

Slider is believed to be in the Wood County and Washington County area, and he is considered armed and dangerous.

If you see Slider or know where he might be, call 911 immediately and do not approach him.


UPDATE: 11/29/18

Washington County Sheriff's Office announced the arrests of two suspects in the New Matamoras home invasion Thursday.

Major Troy Hawkins (criminal division) says Parkersburg Police detectives and SWAT units executed arrest warrants issued by Washington County Sheriffs for John Michael Decker, 42, of Parkersburg, for aggravated robbery, a 1st degree felony, and felonious assault, a 2nd degree felony, and Gabriella Iva Chaffin, 19, of Parkersburg for complicity to commit aggravated robbery.

Meanwhile, Joseph Lee Slider, 28, whose last known address is 112 Sunset Avenue, Marietta, is still at large and wanted for aggravated robbery, a 1st degree felony, and felonious assault, a 2nd degree felony. Authorities are also looking for Jonathan Ahart, 40, of Davisville, WV, is also wanted for complicity to commit aggravated robbery.

Detectives say McFall suffered several lacerations, abrasions, tears and a fractured skull. He is still being treated at Marietta Memorial but is expected to make a full recovery.

McFall told detectives he let Joseph Slider, two unknown males and a female into his home Tuesday morning. One of the males, he said, then pointed a pistol at him and said they needed keys for the safe. McFall stated as he placed keys in his pocket a struggle ensued and the pistol went off, just missing McFall’s head.

McFall says he attempted to escape the residence at which time one of the men struck him from behind causing him to fall. One of the male suspects then struck McFall with the pistol and others began assaulting him. McFall awoke and the subjects were gone. He drove to the nearby Par Mar store and called for help.

Authorities report the subjects stole a Hi-Point 9mm pistol, a 357 Taurus, a 22 magnum, a 20 ga. shotgun, a 45 cal. Remington, and $1,000 in cash.

Investigators processed the scene and say they found evidence consistent with McFall's story. Additional investigation revealed that prior to the robbery, Slider was seen in New Matamoras, in close proximity to the McFall home, with a Chaffin and Decker. Video footage obtained from the Par Mar store showed Chaffin and Decker at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Detectives went to Ahart's home and observed a black older vehicle. Witnesses reported seeing Slider, Decker, an unknown male, and Chaffin standing near a vehicle matching this description in New Matamoras on the evening in question. Investigation revealed that Ahart had driven that vehicle and upon obtaining consent to look in the vehicle, detectives observed a lot of suspected smeared blood inside the vehicle..

Authorities say the stolen guns have not been recovered so they consider Slider and Ahart armed and dangerous. If anyone has any information on their whereabouts, authorities urge you not to make contact but to notify local law enforcement immediately.


ORIGINAL STORY: 11/27/18

Washington County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a home invasion that injured one homeowner Tuesday on Williamson Avenue in New Matamoras, Ohio.

Deputies say the home invasion happened about 3:30 A.M. Tuesday at a home on Williamson Avenue in New Matamoras.

No other information is currently available, but deputies remained at the home Tuesday and are continuing to investigate.

We'll update this story on WTAP.com and on our evening newscasts as more information becomes available.




 
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