EL?man pleads guilty to trespassing

LISBON – An East Liverpool man who went into another man’s home and threatened him on Aug. 13 pleaded guilty Friday to a first-degree misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

According to Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones, Robert K. Barrett, 26, East Sixth Street, East Liverpool, went into the home of Thomas Beaver, threatened him and caused damage to the home with a hammer before going outside. Jones said Barrett was still angry when he left and damaged a vehicle in front of the home. The criminal damaging of the vehicle was something Barrett was charged with and convicted of by a jury in East Liverpool Municipal Court. For that charge he was sentenced to 90 days in the county jail.

In the plea agreement on Friday, Barrett agreed to attend anger management counseling and make restitution to Beaver as part of his sentence. Judge C. Ashley Pike sentenced Barrett to 180 days in jail, with 90 suspended and credit for 77 days already served in the county jail. Pike said Barrett will be under intensive supervision during at least the first part of his three-year probation.

When asked by Pike about what happened, Barrett said it was exactly as Jones told the court. Pike urged Barrett to begin making better decisions in the future.

Before that future can begin, Barrett still faces an unrelated fifth-degree felony breaking and entering charge in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. He is accused of allegedly trespassing with the intent to commit a theft into the former YMCA building on West Fourth Street, East Liverpool, which is now owned by Newbold Technologies.

He is scheduled for a status conference before Pike on that charge on Feb. 24 and a jury trial is set for March 5.