LIMA — Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge David Cheney gave the defendant a four-year prison term.
Then he gave her a glimmer of hope.
On Wednesday, Cheney sentenced Robyn Geiger, 27, of Lima, to four years in prison on charges of felonious assault with a deadly weapon, a truck, for running down a woman during a July 23 incident last year. Geiger’s total sentence included a pair of 12-month terms, to be served concurrently with the initial charge, on two counts of assault for her subsequent attacks on law enforcement officers who attempted to apprehend her.
According to court documents, Geiger on the day in question had accompanied Alexis Luster to the Allen County Jail to visit Jerimiah Geiger, Robyn’s brother and Luster’s boyfriend. During that visitation the two women began to argue and Luster asked a deputy at the jail to make sure Geiger did not assault her outside the facility.
As Luster was walking home on Wayne Street, Geiger reportedly pulled up beside her in a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. Prosecutors said that as Luster walked into the middle of an alley, Geiger accelerated the pickup truck and intentionally struck Luster, who was taken to Mercy Health-St. Rita’s for treatment of her injuries.
As deputies attempted to apprehend Geiger, she reportedly bit one deputy and kicked the other in the groin.
During Wednesday’s sentencing, several family members and the defendant herself detailed a life full of mental health issues and anxiety attacks that have been treated by medical experts, with varying degrees of success.
After handing down his four-year prison sentence, Cheney addressed the defendant and told her he was about to do something he rarely does in court. The judge publicly stated that Geiger would be eligible to apply for early judicial release after spending 180 days in prison, adding that “I think that’s appropriate in this case” if the defendant follows all prison rules and guidelines.
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