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Perry man pleads guilty to burglary charge

Amelia Holliday Staff Reporter aholliday@civitasmedia.com

January 21, 2014

A Hazard man accused of a home invasion in February of last year pleaded guilty to amended burglary charges last week.


James Scott Oden, of Hazard, allegedly broke into a house on Cedar Street in Hazard, expecting the house to be vacant since the owners were away for the weekend.


“They were out of town, the people who live there. They had hired a house sitter for that purpose, because usually just about every time he (the homeowner) goes out of town somebody burglarizes him, either his garage, his house, or something,” Hazard Police Officer Adam Baker said.


The house sitter chased Oden into the basement where a fight ensued, Baker said, and Oden was positively identified before fleeing the residence.


Oden was later found and arrested without incident during a traffic stop after Hazard Police were informed he may be travelling in a vehicle near Town Mountain. He was charged with one count of first-degree burglary.


On Thursday, Oden pleaded to one count of second-degree burglary, which was amended down from a Class B felony to a Class C felony, on Thursday. The trial was set for Jan. 10, but was postponed to Jan. 17, because the homeowners were unable to be present on that day.


Perry County Commonwealth’s Attorney John Hansen said Oden would serve five years, but is eligible for parole.


“I appreciate working wit the family, the victims of the case. They agreed with the outcome, so that makes for a good case,” Hansen said.


Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or Twitter @HazardHerald.