MEDINA — Appellate judges have upheld the conviction of a Norton woman who was accused of hiding the knife used in an assault at a Medina bar last year.
A jury in May 2013 found Nicole Glunt, 28, guilty of evidence tampering and a month later, a judge sentenced her to three years’ probation. Her charge was a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.
Glunt appealed her case to the Ninth District Court of Appeals in Akron, arguing prosecutors did not have sufficient evidence to convict her.
According to the ruling, Glunt was with her boyfriend, James Robinson, at Johnny J’s Pub & Grille on North Court Street in March 2012. When Robinson tried to stab another patron with a folding knife during an altercation, a struggle broke out.
Only Robinson was hurt in the incident. Three of his fingers were cut with the knife when bar patrons attempted to subdue him, according to police reports.
The knife was placed on the bar, according to the judges, and Glunt put it in her coat pocket while police were en route.
Minutes later, Glunt was questioned by police about the whereabouts of the knife and she handed it over.
In her appeal, Glunt’s attorneys said she took the knife to make sure no one got hurt not to impede a police investigation.
The appeals court said Glunt’s reasoning didn’t matter because “sufficient evidence” is determined by “viewing the evidence in a light most favorable to the state.”
The appellate judges ruled “that Ms. Glunt knew that an investigation was likely to ensue given that Mr. Robinson attempted to harm (the other man) with a knife and that the knife would be potential evidence in his likely future prosecution.”
Glunt’s boyfriend also was charged in the incident and sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty in August 2013.