'You're not Sammy Barnett'

Cary Ashby • Nov 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM

An area man pleaded guilty Friday to using another man's name during the investigation of a domestic disturbance.

Brian K. Slone, 39, of Portsmouth, "pushed his way into his girlfriend's apartment," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said about the Aug. 24 incident.

"She called 9-1-1. Nobody wanted to talk about what was going on," Leffler said.

When a Huron County sheriff's deputy asked Slone for identification, he handed the deputy Sammy Barnett's ID.

"The officer knew Sammy Barnett and knew this wasn't Sammy Barnett," Leffler said.

At Friday's final pretrial hearing, Slone pleaded guilty to identity fraud. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway sentenced him to six months in prison -- the shortest time available for the fifth-degree felony.

Slone has a "significant" criminal history, Leffler said.

One of the former Willard resident's prior felony convictions was for a local 2005 robbery. Court records indicate Slone received a three-year prison term.

In December 1996, Slone was sentenced to one year in prison for a local theft. Seven years later, he went back to prison for 17 months for an aggravated assault involving a female victim.

Authorities, in mid-December 2008, extradited Slone to Lagrange County, Ind. as a fugitive of justice in connection with a burglary there.

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