OTTAWA — A Leipsic 18 year old who pleaded guilty last month to aggravated robbery was sentenced Thursday in Putnam County Common Pleas Court to a minimum of 10 years in prison.
Isaiah Oliver appeared in court with his attorney, Elizabeth Smith. Smith made a request to Common Pleas Judge Keith Schierloh that Oliver receive the low range sentencing option.
Schierloh sentenced Oliver to a minimum of 10 years in prison with a maximum of 15 years depending on his behavior in prison. He will have a mandatory post release control of five years and be required to pay $200 in restitution to the victim.
Factors considered were his conduct being more serious than normal, physical and mental injuries suffered by the victim and that the victim suffered serious physical and psychological issues as a result of the offense.
Count two of theft and count three, possession of criminal tools, both felony five, were dismissed since Oliver pleaded guilty to aggravated battery.
Oliver attempted and committed a theft July 27 and fled immediately after the attempt with a deadly weapon. He brandished what appeared to be a handgun demanding money and cell phones from three victims while at 117 1/2 E. Main St. in Leipsic and pistol whipped one of the victims. He was at a local bar in Leipsic and went to a nearby residence to get drugs for someone.
One of the victims appeared in court Thursday and read a victim impact statement.
“The truth is unless you can let go and forgive yourself and realize the situation is over you cannot move forward,” the victim said.
Oliver spoke during court Thursday and said had he not been under the influence of alcohol that night he would not have made those decisions.
“I sincerely apologize to the victims. This is not who I am and I am not that type of person I was when I was under the influence,” Oliver said. “I’m not a perfect person, I’ve made mistakes and want to do what is right.”
Schierloh said he found it hard to believe that is not who Oliver is as he has an extensive criminal record and history of making poor decisions that have resulted him being involved in the legal system.
Schierloh read aloud Oliver’s previous charges and said at age 13 he had a theft charge, then two probation violations, a violation of court orders, and continued to break the law. He had another violation of court order and a charge of underage consumption and domestic violence.
“From the age of 13 to 15 you found yourself in court six times then in March 2015 you had a charge of aggravated robbery,” Schierloh said. In 2017 and 2018 he had two parole violations and a disorderly conduct and intoxication charge.
“When you say, ‘This is not who I am.’ How do I believe you. Who have had opportunities to do better,” Schierloh said.
Oliver responded and said he is not a perfect person and has made mistakes in the past and would like to change.
“I’m not sure you have remorse for your actions. If you were sorry these things would have sunk in,” Schierloh said.
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