As a Columbia city park employee, Orlando Reeves spent plenty of time in fresh air and sunshine.
But he had a nighttime burglary gig that has landed him seven years behind bars, according to the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s office.
Earlier this week, Reeves pleaded guilty to three counts of violent burglary in the second degree. The crimes took place between April 2011 and August 2012, after which he was arrested by Columbia police.
Reeves had an earlier conviction for involuntary manslaughter, according to court testimony.
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His first burglary arrest came in August 2012, when he was charged with stealing more than $100,000 worth of antique guns used to hunt large game. But while out on bond, he was arrested on a second burglary charge. Later, he was charged with a third burglary.
Reeves was nicknamed the “Park Ranger” because he was employed by the city of Columbia’s parks and recreation department during the time the burglaries were committed.
State Judge James Barber sentenced Reeves. Barber gave Reeves 15 years in prison, suspended to seven years, followed by a 30-month probationary period.