Cheshire man sentenced to nine years in prison

By Sarah Hawley -

Brandon L. Stewart

Brandon L. Stewart

POMEROY — A Cheshire man was sentenced to nine years in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to felony charges from an August incident in the Leading Creek Road area of Meigs County.

Brandon L. Stewart, 21, pleaded guilty in Meigs County Common Pleas Court to aggravated robbery, a first degree felony, and felonious assault, a second degree felony.

In pleading guilty, the prosecution dismissed the firearm specification in the aggravated robbery charge and dismissed the charge of resisting arrest.

Judge I. Carson Crow sentenced Stewart in accordance with the plea agreement presented by both Prosecutor Colleen Williams and defense attorney Michael Huff.

Stewart was sentenced to nine years in prison on the aggravated robbery charge and eight years in prison on the felonious assault charge, with the two sentences to run concurrently for a total of nine years.

The charges against Stewart stem from an Aug. 3 incident.

According to previous Sentinel reports, the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office was attempting to locate Stewart on felony warrants from Gallia County, as well as a grand theft charge in Meigs County.

As a press release was sent out on Aug. 3 asking for the public’s assistance in locating Stewart, an emergency call indicated that a man was at Drehel’s Small Engines on Leading Creek Road allegedly demanding money while in possession of a firearm. The individual was later identified as Stewart.

Stewart reportedly attempted to escape, allegedly pointing a handgun at law enforcement. A shot was fired by a deputy, but did not strike Stewart. He was then taken into custody.

Statements taken from employees at the mower shop indicated Stewart had allegedly fired a shot while at the shop.

The Meigs County sentence is to run concurrently with the final, approximately four months of a nine-month prison sentence out of Gallia County.

Stewart is currently serving that nine-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to a single count of breaking and entering in Gallia County Common Pleas Court. He was sentenced Aug. 18 and transported to prison.

According to previous Tribune reports, in the Gallia County case, Stewart reportedly sold stolen property to another person soon after breaking into a garage on Morgan Center Road in Bidwell. Several items that were stolen were recovered and returned to the victim. Other items were not recovered and some items were damaged.

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By Sarah Hawley

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