ATHENS — A Pomeroy man was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in an Athens County case.
Michael Eugene King, 26, of Pomeroy, Ohio, appeared before Judge George P. McCarthy on April 4. King entered a change of plea to guilty to grand theft of a motor vehicle, a felony of the fourth degree and failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a felony of the third degree.
Judge McCarthy sentenced King to four years in prison and ordered a three year driver’s license suspension. King will be subject to three years of optional post-release control upon his release from prison.
Prosecutor Keller Blackburn stated in a news release that, “On Jan. 12, 2017, Athens County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a stolen vehicle from the McDonald’s Towing lot in Albany, Ohio. The vehicle, driven by King, was located in the Grass Run Road/State Route 56 area by deputies. After failing to yield to lights and sirens, deputies began to pursue the stolen vehicle. Ultimately, deputies were able to make a controlled contact with a cruiser, causing the vehicle to become immobilized.”
This case was investigated by the Athens County Sheriff’s Office.