LISBON - As he indicated during his sentencing hearing May 17, Christopher Crooms has filed an appeal of his conviction on burglary and two counts of kidnapping charges and subsequent 13-year prison sentence.
A newly appointed attorney, Douglas King, filed the appeal in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court this week.
Crooms is one of four men who are serving prison time in connection to crimes Sept. 21, 2009, at Summitville Recycling on Lewis Road. The four men reportedly forced their way into a trailer there, held two men at gunpoint, bound them with duct tape and ransacked the trailer, stealing up to $33,000.
Following a trial, Judge Scott Washam had sentenced Crooms to 10 years for aggravated burglary and 10 years for each count of kidnapping, ruling they be served concurrently. Crooms was given another three years on a firearms specification to be served consecutively to the 10-year term. Crooms was given credit for 492 days already served and was expected to serve his time at the Lorain Correctional Institution.
Crooms had received half the years suggested by Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Gamble, who had asked Washam to sentence Crooms to 26 years, the same as one of the other four men convicted in the same incident.