Men get prison time for home invasion scheme

DAYTON, OH (FOX19) - Two Cincinnati men were sentenced Thursday in connection with an attempted home invasion of suspected drug dealers.

Jerome Osborne, 25, will spend 138 months behind bars and Rashad Runyon, 23, will spend 97 months.

Osborne and Runyon, along with Edward Austin, 25, of Cincinnati, were all arrested on May 5, 2011, following a thwarted home invasion in Warren County, where Runyon, Osborne, and Austin intended to execute a planned robbery of bulk quantities of powder cocaine from purported drug dealers.

According to the statement of facts filed in Court, the three men obtained four operable firearms which they intended to use during the robbery to maintain control over anyone in the drug house.  An undercover ATF agent posing as a drug courier during the planning phase of the home invasion alerted authorities and Osborne, Runyon and Austin were arrested before the attempted robbery.

Osborne was also sentenced to serve 5 years on supervised release following his prison term, and Runyon was sentenced to a 3 year supervised release term.

Austin has been free on bond since his arrest and is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.  He pleaded guilty June 23, 2011 to one count each of conspiracy to interfere with commerce through robbery, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and carjacking.  He faces at least five years and up to a lifetime in prison for the offenses.

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