Columbiana man gets jail for stealing grandma’s credit card

LISBON – A Columbiana man will serve 45 days in jail after pleading guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday to having and using his grandmother’s credit card in October.

William D. Sherrill, 27, Lisbon Street, was already serving a nine-month prison sentence on an unrelated crime. He had pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge, been placed on intervention in lieu of conviction and then violated his probation terms on more than one occasion. The final time led to Sherrill’s current nine-month sentence.

Judge Scott Washam said Wednesday that once Sherrill finishes that stint, he will be returned to the county jail to serve an additional 45 days for the crimes of theft and misuse of credit card. Sherrill also will be on probation for four years.

The sentence was recommended by Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble, who said he has been in contact with the victim, Sherrill’s grandmother, Betty Sherrill, and she understood his recommendation.

William Sherrill asked Washam about any jail credit he would be entitled to for previous time served in the county jail, but Washam said the 45 days are in addition to the 19 days in jail Sherrill claims to have served.

However, Washam said if Sherrill again violates his probation, he could be sentenced to additional prison – one year each for the theft and credit card charges – and they he would qualify for time served.

“I’ve been taking drug and alcohol classes and they’ve set me up for an IOP (intensive outpatient program) at the Counseling Center,” Sherrill said of his plans for the time when he is eventually released. “I understand I have a drug problem.”