KENTON — Gerrick “Tony” Sheldon was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 20 years in prison following his conviction last month of engineering a plan to have the home of his now ex-wife burned to the ground.
Sheldon was sentenced to seven years behind bars on each of two counts of complicity to attempted aggravated murder, first-degree felonies and the most serious of six charges for which sentence was imposed during Tuesday’s 90-minute hearing.
Hardin County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Barrett also sentenced the Harrod man to three years in prison on a charge of complicity to aggravated arson; one year on a charge of the unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance; and 18 months for complicity to violate a protection order.
The sentences were ordered to be served consecutively, bring the total length of Sheldon’s sentence to 19 years and six months. A 180-day sentence on a misdemeanor charge of endangering children by law must be served concurrently with the felony charges.
A jury deliberated for three hours on April 3 before finding Sheldon guilty of 10 of the 11 counts with which he was charged.
Prior to passing sentence, Barrett heard from defense attorneys and the prosecuting attorney on a variety of issues pertaining to sentencing guidelines. Sheldon’s attorneys asked for the minimum sentence on all charges, while Prosecuting Attorney Bradford Bailey urged Barrett to impose the maximum penalty for each charge.
“He (Sheldon) attempted to take a human life and there’s nothing more sacred on this year than a life,” said Bailey. “And he used a minor to carry out this crime.”
Barrett sided mostly with the prosecution, saying Sheldon “shows no remorse” for his crimes and that he “put his own child in a position no child should be placed in.”
The charges against Sheldon, 41, were all related to his alleged attempt to have another person — his teenage son — burn down the house of his now-ex wife in August of last year. Prosecutors said Sheldon devised a plan to have the home of Danielle Sheldon, from whom he was separated at the time and is now divorced, burned to the ground. Prosecutors say he enlisted the aid of his then 15-year-old son, Garrett, to carry out the plan in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, 2017.
The two charges of attempted murder stem from the fact that Danielle Sheldon and her son, Gabrielle, were inside the home on the night in question, when Garrett Sheldon was dispatched by his father to the residence armed with gasoline and other items necessary to start a fire. The teenager did not carry out the arson plan and testified in court that he never had any intention to do so.
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