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Man gets two years in prison for beating, robbing another inmate

LISBON — Christian Barrow, one of the men responsible for beating and robbing another inmate in the county jail, was sentenced on Friday in Common Pleas Court to two years in prison.

Barrow, 32, Cleveland, had pleaded guilty in August to complicity to robbery, felonious assault and two counts of intimidation.

Barrow, who also goes by the name 2-1, was charged in connection to the beating and robbery of Joshua Petersen on April 17, 2018 along with co-defendants Nicholas J. Voigt, 23, Carmel Achor Road, Rogers; Keith G. Dishler, 23, Belmar Street, East Liverpool; Antuan M. Parker, also known as Twan, 41, Warren

During Friday’s sentencing hearing, Barrow’s defense attorney, Edward Hartwig, pointed out some of the co-defendants received some concurrent time, but Barrow is already out of jail at this point. Hartwig suggested Judge Scott Washam could give Barrow credit for time served instead of a new prison sentence for this crime.

Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones argued that two of the co-defendants received concurrent time, but Barrow was also given a chance to resolve the case sooner, which could have given him the opportunity to ask for concurrent sentencing. Additionally, Jones said she did not think it was fair to suggest the prosecution was being inconsistent or unfair in asking for a two-year prison sentence.

Earlier in the hearing Jones had talked about the serious and significant physical harm caused to Peterson, as well as the lengths Barrow went to as he tried to keep the assault quiet by intimidating others at the jail, who saw what happened. She also pointed to Barrow’s prior juvenile record and the fact that these offenses occurred while he was incarcerated in the county jail.

Barrow said he wanted to apologize to Peterson and wanted to own up to what he has done.

Washam said as he read Barrow’s presentencing investigation about the case, he had considered a four-year prison sentence on each count and believed the two-year sentence suggested by Jones was fair.

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