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Man pleads to car wash break-ins

LISBON — A Mansfield area man involved in breaking into two car washes in the Calcutta area in October was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to three charges this week.

Ronnie T. Nichols, 42, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and safecracking involving the Oct. 23 crimes at Volino’s Car Wash. He additionally pleaded guilty to possessing criminal tools in relation to a screwdriver involved in the attempted break-in at the Beverly’s Car Wash on Oct. 24.

Chief Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble said as part of the plea agreement he would ask for two other counts, attempt to commit an offense and obstructing official business, to be dismissed. Those two offense involved the Beverly’s incident.

Prior to sentencing, Gamble said Nichols has one of the longest criminal records he has ever seen with 40 entries on the sheet. Most of the crimes were property-related and most were in the Mansfield area.

“It seems like it is how he makes a living,” Gamble said, adding “I don’t know what brought him to Columbiana County.”

Gamble said there is a holder for Nichols from Knox County, where he apparently faces another charge or charges. He and defense attorney Jennifer Gorby argued about whether the 83 days Nichols has been sitting in the county jail should be credited toward his year prison sentence because of his other warrants.

Nichols said his holder for Knox County did not come until he was already sitting in jail in Columbiana County.

Judge Scott Washam, who went along with the one year prison sentence stipulated agreement, said he would take the matter of days of credit under advisement.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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