GEORGETOWN, Ohio | Claiming ignorance of the law as a reason for a lesser sentence, a woman who entered a guilty plea to a 2012 burglary charge in Brown County Court of Common Pleas learned she will be spending the next 24 months in prison.
Kimberly Arp appeared before Judge Scott Gusweiler on Wednesday, hoping for a sentence to allow her to maintain her relationship with her three children, her attorney told Gusweiler.
According to the court, Arp broke into a hotel room in Aberdeen and assaulted a woman who was allegedly having a romantic encounter with Arp's boyfriend.
According to attorney Aaron Maus, Arp believed she was committing an assault, not burglary, when she attacked the woman.
“She was absolutely dumb to knowing what her conduct would get her into, ” Maus said.
Gusweiler asked Arp if she was thinking about her children in any of the other instances of crimes she had committed, including a theft case, she claimed she had only stolen diapers, and a domestic violence case she claimed she was blamed by the father of her children for.
Based on the sentencing risk assessment report, which indicated Arp was likely to repeat her activities of crimes, Gusweiler sentenced her to 24 months in prison and three years of community control after she is released.
In an unrelated case, Gusweiler addressed Jorge Vargas, 18, on a charge of terroristic threatening of a high school, after an impassioned plea from Vargas' father to consider Vargas' past and medical issues so his bond could be reduced.
Gusweiler cited the report which was done to determine if Vargas was competent to assist with his defense.
According to the report, Vargas appeared manipulative and was competent to continue with the case.
Gusweiler granted a defense request for an independent evaluation of Vargas before proceeding.