NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (July 15, 2022) – A Uhrichsville man will be spending four to six years in prison for a violent home invasion.
That’s the punishment 32-year-old Cody Boles received for the February 19th incident in New Philadelphia where he reportedly barged into a couple’s home, attacked the husband, and started destroying their belongings. Assistant County Prosecutor Scott Deedrick says it happened without warning in broad daylight while Boles was high on methamphetamine.
“Mr. Boles is spouting nonsense, on his way out is smashing the windows of cars and finally is apprehended is just spouting a meth-induced delusion of he’s fighting crime, that he’s working with authorities, that he has a listening device embedded in him, just out-of-his-head type stuff.”
Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court Judge Micahel Ernest imposed the sentence and also ordered Boles to pay more than 88-hundred dollars in restitution. Deedrick says the psychological and economic harm the victims suffered because of the encounter cannot be overstated.
“They had a computer system that they had invested significant funds in. This isn’t something that they just bought off the shelf. It was something they really worked on. And even the things he did like smash their windows, unfortunately then moisture got in the car and there was mold and the car was basically a total loss and they had to get rid of it.”
Boles spoke during the hearing, apologizing for his actions, which he called “wrong to every degree.”
“That’s not me or who I’m in. The entire time I’ve been incarcerated, I’ve been sober and had time to work on myself, think for myself, and I’m eager to move forward, to make it right with everyone, to continue to walk the path I was supposed to.”
Boles had been facing more than a decade behind bars after pleading guilty to aggravated burglary, assault, and criminal damaging. His mother begged the judge to send him to rehab, describing him as a kind and caring person who fell in with the wrong crowd and started making poor choices.
“He has served with good behavior and only wants to prove he can do better…. For the severity of the crimes, my heart can’t fathom how he can be made to serve 3 to 11 years.”
Ernest thought Boles expressed genuine remorse but said that didn’t outweigh the other factors he’s required to consider.