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Rapist gets 25 years to life in prison

Cary Ashby • Apr 17, 2019 at 9:00 PM

A local rapist received a 25-years-to-life prison sentence Wednesday in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Lucas J. Velasco Mejia, 51, most recently of of 4889 Ohio 598, Plymouth, also was designated as a Tier III sexual offender. 

Last month, he pleaded guilty to rape, a first-degree felony. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed five other rape charges and three counts of sexual battery.

Velasco Mejia has been in the Huron County Jail since his Aug. 26 arrest by the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.

According to his indictment, that is about the same day he sexually assaulted a victim, who was younger than 13 years old.

Meanwhile, a Bellevue man was sentenced Tuesday to nearly five years in prison.

Matthew Z. Robbins, 21, received four years behind bars for one count of robbery. Judge Jim Conway also imposed an additional 11 months upon revoking the defendant’s community control for an undisclosed probation violation.

Robbins had been unable to post a $75,000 bond with a 10-percent provision since his Aug. 14 arrest by the Bellevue Police Department.

A co-defendant in the case is 20-year-old Joshua T. Thom, also of Bellevue, who will be sentenced today. Thom and Robbins each pleaded guilty to robbery last month in exchange for prosecutors dropping a firearm specification. Court records indicate the robbery happened Aug. 13 and possibly involved the use of a .22-caliber Beretta.

Due to a prior felony conviction, Robbins was eligible for a prison sentence.

In mid-December 2016, he pleaded guilty to attempted obstruction of justice for a May 10, 2016 assault. Robbins was allowed to be released from jail each day to attend school while serving a 90-day sentence. During his three years of probation, he had another 90 days hanging over his head which his probation officer could have imposed at any time without a hearing.

In other hearings: 

• Adam W. Copsey, 33, most recently of 193 Spino Court, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of complicity to trafficking in methamphetamine with forfeiture specifications and permitting drug abuse. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count each of complicity to possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools. Copsey must forfeit several cell phones, digital scales, a HP laptop computer, pink notebook tablet, radio police scanner and other items to the state when he is sentenced May 16.

• Robert A. Sams, 19, most recently of 99 N. Hester St., pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of aggravated trafficking in meth and one charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed five counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one charge each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and aggravated possession of drugs. Conway revoked the defendant’s $100,000 bond Tuesday and set Sams’ sentencing hearing for May 9.

• Brian L. Yacob, 28, whose latest address was unavailable, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of aggravated trafficking in meth in a school zone and aggravated trafficking in cocaine in a school zone. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Yacob then was sentenced to 30 months in prison. He also was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay a $240 reimbursement to the Willard Police Department.

Since late September, Yacob has been serving a five-year prison sentence through Crawford County for five counts of trafficking in drugs, according to prison records.

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