Columbus man sentenced to prison

Staff Report

POMEROY — A Columbus man was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Monday morning following two convictions during a one day jury trial last week.

Andrew Robinson, 38, appeared before Common Pleas Judge I. Carson Crow for the hearing.

Prior to sentencing, Crow hear arguments from both sides regarding the fact that the degree of charge (felony, misdemeanor) was not on the verdict forms given to the jury.

Prosecutor James K. Stanley and defense attorney Denise Bunce each referenced appeals cases regarding the matter, with Crow ultimately sentencing Robinson on the felony charges at the degree of charge each was indicted.

Following sentencing argument, in which Stanley argued for the maximum sentence, Crow sentenced Robinson to 12 months in prison for his vandalism conviction and 18 months in prison for his failure to appear conviction. Each sentence was the maximum sentence that Robinson could receive. The sentences were consecutive, so Robinson received a total sentence of 30 months.

The vandalism conviction stems from an incident that occurred on Feb. 27, 2017, while Robinson was an inmate at the Middleport Jail. Robinson had repeatedly kicked the holding cell door until the door handle and locking mechanism broke and dislodged from the door. The door could not be fixed for approximately two weeks, and the Middleport Jail could not use the holding cell during that period of time. Robinson was ordered to pay $232.83 in restitution to the jail as part of his sentence.

The failure to appear conviction stems from Robinson’s failure to appear in court for his final pretrial conference scheduled for Aug. 10, 2017, after previously being released on his own recognizance.

Stanley thanks the Middleport Police Departments and Meigs County Court of Common Pleas personnel for their assistance in this matter.

Staff Report