June 27, 2016

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Man gets 5 years, plans appeal

MEDINA — An Ashland man who was convicted of entering a friend’s home while armed with a gun was sentenced to five years in prison Friday.

In November, a jury found Matthew Hartman, 40, guilty of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony.

Hartman and his lawyer Marilyn Cramer filed motions for acquittal earlier this month that claimed several violations during the trial. Prior to sentencing, Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier denied the motion for acquittal.

Cramer said Friday she and Hartman plan to appeal.

“We’re very disappointed the court set aside our motions for a new verdict. Matthew Hartman did not receive a fair trial. We know (the verdict) will be reversed on appeal,” she said.

“The court obviously did what it thought was fair,” said Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury, who requested a 10-year prison sentence.

Hartman’s case stems from a May 27 incident in which he and his wife had an argument while driving. Hartman’s wife dropped him off at his parents’ house on Franchester Road in Harrisville Township and went to a friend’s house down the road.

Hartman then drove to the friend’s house in an all-terrain vehicle with a gun swung across his shoulder and entered the unlocked residence. One of the homeowners met Hartman with a gun of his own outside a bedroom where Hartman’s wife and children were hiding. The homeowner then took him outside to wait for authorities.

Cramer said in November that Hartman earlier in the day planned to go to the friend’s Franchester home to show his new ATV.

She said it wasn’t uncommon for him to go to the home with a gun for hunting, and also it wasn’t uncommon for him to enter without knocking.

Cramer said the owner of the Franchester home did not hold Hartman at gunpoint while waiting for police.

Contact Maria Kacik at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@ohio.net.