Habitual criminal sentenced to nearly three years in prison
LISBON — A Lisbon man was sentenced to nearly three years in prison on Thursday for a long list of crimes, including having nine stolen checks from St. George Church and forging them for cash at Huntington National Bank in February and March of 2015.
Prior to sentencing, Christopher L. Brown, 42, North Park Avenue, told Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Washam he has changed and knows he made some bad choices in his life. At this point Brown reportedly has a job, has custody of his teenage son and has been off drugs.
“I realize the choices I make reflect on me, my son and everyone around me… I strive to be a better person and show (my son) how to be a better person,” Brown said. “I feel so much better. I can think clearly. I was a different person. I was down the wrong road.”
Washam told Brown he appreciated his honesty and noted the first step is realizing there was a problem. However, Washam also noted Brown has a lengthy criminal record.
“It’s unfortunate the changes you have made did not come sooner,” Washam said.
Besides the nine receiving stolen property and nine forgery charges relating to the church checks, Brown was also being sentenced for charges of possession of drugs, possession of a dangerous drug and two counts of trafficking in drugs. On Jan. 11, 2016, Brown was found with codeine and cephalexin. Then, 10 days later, he sold alprazolam and diazepam to a confidential informant for $35, a transaction which occurred in the vicinity of children.
Washam sentenced Brown to 35 months in prison.
Before sentencing, both Brown’s father and his girlfriend, Crystal Barnes, vouched for how much he has changed in the past year. His 16-year-old son also attended the hearing.