June 25, 2016

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Man with lengthy record says he’ll seek redemption in prison

MEDINA — A 22-year-old Parma man with a long criminal record will spend two years in prison for his part in a rash of Liverpool Township thefts just before New Year’s Day.

Kyle E. Roberts pleaded no contest last month to two counts of firearm theft, third-degree felonies; two counts of grand theft auto, fourth-degree felonies; and three counts of breaking and entering, fifth-degree felonies.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier could have sentenced Roberts to up to 12 years.

Kyle Roberts

Roberts admitted in court to stealing .22- and .44-caliber pistols, a 2004 GMC Envoy, a 1996 Ford pickup and more than $1,000 in music equipment from three people in the 2400 and 2500 blocks of Columbia Road on Dec. 27 or 28.

Collier listed Roberts’ criminal history, which began in 2005 when he was 15 and included domestic violence, criminal damaging, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of criminal tools, theft, resisting arrest, public intoxication, grand theft, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and probation violations.

Roberts said he’s had a severe crack cocaine addiction since he was 16 years old, which accounted for some of his wrongdoing.

“What I did was wrong,” he told Collier. “I take full responsibility for my actions.”

Roberts’ attorney, John G. Quillin, said his client is serious about recovering.

“He’s begun his way to heal from his drug addiction.”

Quillin said Roberts completed an Alternative Paths drug abuse clinic while in jail and was accepted to a Salvation Army treatment center in Summit County.

Quillin asked the judge to give Roberts the chance to continue his recovery.

County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury recommended prison time, but wasn’t specific on how much.

Collier said in addition to prison time, Roberts would have to pay about $7,200 to the theft victims to make up for their losses.

“If you’re serious about this, paying restitution is the best way to make it right,” Collier told Roberts.

Collier said he decided on prison partly because of the victims’ recommendations.

“He stole more than our belongings,” one victim wrote to the Probation Department. “He stole our sense of security.”

The man told the department his wife gets nightmares because of the theft and wanders the house at night sometimes, just to make sure no one is inside.

In January, one homeowner said whoever stole his things from an unattached garage hung blankets in the windows so they could turn lights on while they worked.

The same man said a sheriff’s deputy speculated that as many as five or six thieves were involved, based on tracks in the snow.

Sheriff’s Lt. Travis Colonius said in April the department still was investigating whether others were involved.

Sgt. Kevin Ross, who’s in charge of the investigation, could not be reached for an update Monday.

Also in court Monday

• A 32-year-old Fairlawn woman pleaded not guilty to her seventh felony charge since 2000.

Jennifer L. Edwards is charged with robbery, a second-degree felony punishable by up to eight years in prison.

She’s accused of robbing an 82-year-old Granger Township woman just after 3 p.m. July 8 at the elderly woman’s home.

The judge scheduled Edwards for a Sept. 9 trial.

Edwards, who’s being held at the county jail on $30,000 bond, also has a heroin possession case pending in Collier’s court.

In Medina and Summit counties, Edwards was convicted of heroin possession in 2000 and 2012, misuse of credit cards in 2009 and theft from the elderly in 2008 and 2009.

Her heroin possession trial is scheduled for Sept. 23.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

Nick Glunt About Nick Glunt

Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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