A London, Ohio, man who committed more than a dozen burglaries and armed robberies to support an admitted drug addiction could still spend the rest of his life in prison after reaching a plea agreement Sept. 11 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

A London, Ohio, man who committed more than a dozen burglaries and armed robberies to support an admitted drug addiction could still spend the rest of his life in prison after reaching a plea agreement Sept. 11 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Christopher P. Blaho, 26, pleaded guilty to 19 counts of robbery and one count of burglary, all second-degree felonies, and faces up to 160 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 5 by Common Pleas Court Judge John F. Bender. Each guilty plea is punishable by a two- to eight-year term.

"He's going to serve some significant time," said Franklin County Assistant Prosecutor Jason Manning.

Blaho was indicted on 62 counts, which included multiple counts of kidnapping in connection with the forceful detainment of victims during the commission of armed robberies in Columbus, Dublin, Grove City and Hilliard. The kidnapping charges were dismissed as part of the negotiated plea agreement, Manning said.

He said victims of the robberies would testify at the sentencing Dec. 5.

"We're going to argue for as much time as we can get," he said.

Manning said even if the judge were to sentence Blaho at the lower end of the spectrum for each count, the sentence would still be in excess of 50 years.

Columbus police arrested Blaho on Feb. 18. His last known address was Shoshone Drive in London.

Officers had already identified Blaho as a suspect and a Columbus SWAT detail was observing Blaho on the evening of Feb. 18 when he forcibly entered a residence on Schooner Court in Norwich Township, police said.

Police stopped Blaho and discovered property stolen from the Schooner Court residence in his vehicle.

The 19 robberies to which Blaho pleaded guilty occurred between Jan. 18 and Feb. 6. Seventeen of the robberies were at businesses, most of which where in the Hilliard area. They included the CVS store at 4961 Roberts Road, the Starliner Diner on Cemetery Road and two Hilliard Subway restaurants. Blaho also robbed the BP gas station at 925 Hilliard-Rome Road twice, and he robbed one individual, police said.

"He said it was because of a drug habit," said Columbus police Sgt. Shaun Laird.

Attorney Joe Landusky represented Blaho at the hearing in which Blaho's admitted addiction to heroin was entered into the record.

Other than traffic violations, Blaho had no criminal record in Franklin County. Laird said police were not aware of criminal charges in other jurisdictions.

Four agencies cooperated with Columbus police in the investigation: Hilliard police, Dublin police, Grove City police and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.