Robbery co-defendants sentenced to prison

Cary Ashby • Apr 22, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Co-defendants in a Bellevue robbery received prison sentences this week in Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Tyler L. Haughn, 27, formerly of 8216 Ohio 13, Bellevue, was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for robbery, a second-degree felony. On the same day, Joshua T. Thom, 20, formerly of 4838 U.S. 20, Bellevue, received a two-year term for the same charge.

A third co-defendant also has been sentenced to prison. Former Bellevue resident Matthew Z. Robbins, 21, received a four-year prison term Tuesday. In addition, Judge Jim Conway imposed another 11 months for an undisclosed probation violation. According to court records, the two sentences will run consecutively.

When each of the men pleaded guilty in mid-March, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a firearm specification, which would have required the defendants to spend three years in prison before serving any other time.

The Bellevue Police Department investigated the Aug. 13 robbery. Police arrested Haughn and Robbins the day after the crime and were unable to post a $75,000 bond with a 10-percent provision. Thom had been out on a similar bail.

In a separate case, Justin A. Hinkle, 22, formerly of 419 W. High St., Willard, was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison for burglary. He also was ordered to pay $640 in restitution.

The Norwalk Police Department investigated the Sept. 16 burglary on West Main Street, according to court records. Police booked him into the jail the next day.

In other hearings: 

• Ammerson C. Bates Jr. 24, formerly of 23 Grand Ave., was sentenced Wednesday to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility (CBCF) and was fined $250 for domestic violence. He was placed on three years of probation. A CBCF is a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

• Jennifer A. Bosely, 25, formerly of 204 Jefferson St., had her treatment in lieu of conviction revoked Wednesday due to an undisclosed probation violation. Conway then entered a conviction for one count each of aggravated possession of methamphetamine and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Bosely then was sentenced to spend four to six months in a CBCF as a condition of her three years of probation.

• Sherman Bryant, 45, formerly of 106 Front St., Willard, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count each of permitting drug abuse and corrupting another with drugs. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed one charge each of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound and trafficking in heroin. Bryant then was sentenced to four years in prison.

• Anthony D. Gillespie, 30, who reported being homeless, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count each of domestic violence, theft and robbery. As part of a plea deal, prosecutor dismissed eight charges: Two counts of disrupting public services, two theft charges and one count each of domestic violence, aggravated robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and possessing criminal tools. Gillespie, who is in custody on a $50,000 bond, will be sentenced May 16.

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