A Gallipolis man who was charged after failing to check into a Gallipolis hotel early last year has been sentenced in the Gallia County Common Pleas Court on a charge of attempted burglary.
Robert E. Lee, 41, was sentenced on Friday to 90 days and up to two years of community control.
Lee was arrested, along with Tiffanie N. French, 29, Gallipolis, on January 22, 2012, by an officer with the Gallipolis Police Department at the Regency Inn in Gallipolis.
Officers were contacted by management at the hotel located at 151 Upper River Road in Gallipolis after the manager of the hotel reported to dispatchers that information had been received in regard to two individuals who were residing in one of the rooms of the hotel without a reservation.
Upon arrival, the officer and the hotel manager entered hotel room number 156 and located a male, identified as Lee, hiding behind the room door, and a female, identified as French, hiding in the bathroom.
The suspects reportedly told the officer that they had nowhere else to stay and had made entry into the room through a window that they found open.
The suspects were also allegedly found to be in the possession illegal drugs and paraphernalia.
The pair were later indicted with one count of burglary as a result of the incident.
French later pleaded guilty to a charge of breaking and entering, a lesser offense, on July 12, 2012.
She was subsequently sentenced on August 9, 2012, to 18 months of probation.
Lee, who was not arrested on a warrant on his indictment until May of last year, was arraigned in this case on May 21, 2012.
He subsequently failed to appear for a pretrial settlement conference in this case last July and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Following his arrest on April 22, 2013, his bond was revoked and set at $15,000, 10 percent.
During a plea hearing last Wednesday, Lee pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary as per a plea agreement, and, during a final hearing last Friday, he was sentenced to 90 days and up to two years of probation.
In addition to supervisory fee payments, Lee was further ordered to perform 500 hours of community service, register with Ohio Employment Services and ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.
Lee was given credit for a total of 28 jail days served and was ordered to have no contact with the Regency Inn or Tiffanie French.
In a separate common pleas case, Lee was charged with two counts of drug possession last May, however, a nolle prosequi was later entered in this case by the prosecution and the charges were dismissed.
The defendant was assessed the court costs of this case.
By Amber Gillenwater - Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Ohio (MCT)
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