An Assumption man has been sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections for home invasion. 42-year-old Seth H. Bartimus was sentenced on Monday by Judge Brad Paisley. Christian County State’s Attorney Wes Poggenpohl says that Officers from the Assumption Police Department and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office arrested Bartimus on the night of December 1st, 2019.
According to authorities, 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 Bartimus was inside, he caused injuries to both individuals by striking them with his hands and by striking them with a part of a kitchen chair that he had broken.
Bartimus had previously been sentenced to IDOC on two previous occasions and convicted of violent offenses on four prior occasions. State’s Attorney Poggenpohl stated that while this sentence was non-probational, a lengthy prison term was appropriate and 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.” Poggenpohl continued by saying that the sentence won’t undo the trauma caused by Bartimus, but it is the first step and due to the extreme nature of the offense, Poggenpohl believed it best to request the longest sentence possible.
Home invasion that results in bodily harm, is a Class X felony, which is non-probationable. The normal sentencing range is from 6-60 years in IDOC served at 85%. The state agreed to cap their sentence recommendation at 40 years.