Watkins gets 5 years in prison for burglary


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



LIMA — Kevin Watkins, 27, of Lima, was sentenced Monday to five years in prison on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated burglary.

He received credit for 360 days served and will be eligible for conditional release after four years.

Watkins was indicted in May of last year on charges of aggravated burglary and kidnapping, both first-degree felonies, and felonious assault, a felony of the second degree, in connection with an altercation nearly a year earlier involving the mother of his children.

According to court documents, Watkins went to a Molly Avenue residence on April Fools Day of 2017 and repeatedly struck Jennifer Stevens in the face. Stevens, who was 33 weeks pregnant at the time, required medical attention for injuries she sustained in the attack.

Watkins in February of this year accepted a deal from prosecutors whereby he agreed to plead guilty to a first-degree felony charge of aggravated burglary in exchange for the state’s dismissal of all remaining charges.

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By J Swygart

jswygart@limanews.com

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