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ASSUMPTION — On Monday, February 7, 2022, Judge Brad Paisley sentenced Seth H. Bartimus, 42, of Assumption, to 20 years in the Department of Corrections after Bartimus pleaded guilty to Home Invasion. According to information released by Wes Poggenpohl, Christian County State’s Attorney, officers from the Assumption Police Department and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bartimus on the night of December 1, 2019 after being dispatched to the scene for a home invasion in progress. Prior to police arrival, Seth H. Bartimus made entry into the home of Raymond “Kenny” Ohl, and Karen Ohl by breaking through the glass on the front door of their home. Once inside the home, Seth Bartimus caused injuries to both individuals by striking them with his hands and by striking them with part of a kitchen chair that Bartimus had broken. The issue of restitution regarding medical bills and to address the extensive damage to property in the home is to be addressed at a later date.
Bartimus has previously been sentenced to the department of corrections on two prior occasions, and has been convicted of violent offenses on four prior occasions. Poggenpohl stated that while this sentence was non-probationable, a lengthy prison term was the appropriate sentence in this case and also required under the law. “The right to security in your home is one of our most sacred and protected rights under the law. When that right is violated, a stiff sentence is required to not only punish the criminal, but to send a message to other criminals that this type of behavior will not be tolerated. This sentence to the department of corrections is not going to undo the trauma that the Ohl’s experienced that night, but it is a first step. Due to the extreme nature of the offense, I believed that it was necessary to request the longest sentence available.”
Home invasion resulting in great bodily harm is a class X felony, which is non-probationable. The normal sentencing range would be from 6 to 60 years in the department of corrections, served at 85%. Based on negotiations, the state agreed to cap their sentence recommendation at 40 years.