Man gets year in prison in stolen vehicle cases
LISBON — An Alliance area man responsible for taking two vehicles, including one he stole from his father after assaulting him, was sentenced to a year in prison on Tuesday in Common Pleas Court.
Jeremy Johnson, 32, Sunset Drive, Alliance, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, grand theft of a motor vehicle and domestic violence. He then requested immediate sentencing.
The receiving stolen property charge involved a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu owned by Susan Bailey, which was taken on Jan. 30. Assistant County Prosecutor Ryan Weikart pointed out this crime occurred about two days after Johnson was released on bond for the other two charges he faced.
While Johnson pleaded guilty to the grand theft of a motor vehicle charge, Weikart said because he had already been sentenced for a receiving stolen property charge in Mahoning County regarding the same vehicle, he was not asking for any prison time for that charge. The vehicle belonged to Johnson’s father, Danny Lee Johnson, who he assaulted on Nov. 21, 2018 on the day he took it.
Judge Megan Bickerton asked Johnson about the charges and Johnson claimed in the case involving Bailey’s vehicle, he used to live with her and worked with her husband, but he felt it was her word against his whether or not he had permission to use her vehicle. He also admitted drinking was involved in the crimes, noting his mother had passed away.
Bickerton pointed out this probably was not how his mother would want him to deal with his problems.
As part of the plea agreement, Johnson has agreed to pay restitution regarding Bailey’s vehicle.