YOUNGSTOWN — The assistant prosecutor, protection legal professional, choose and sufferer of the crimes Derek G. Rinehart, 28, dedicated in January 2020 agreed that Rinehart deserves consideration for his psychological well being challenges.
However deciding on a sentence for such an individual is a “balancing act” between getting somebody assist and defending the general public, assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Paris stated.
“At this level, I feel defending the general public is important,” she informed Choose Anthony D’Apolito of Mahoning County Frequent Pleas Court docket.
She really useful that Rinehart get a jail sentence after he threatened to set hearth to his grandmother’s home on Florida Avenue in Sebring and saved police at bay for 5 hours.
Rinehart informed police he had poured gasoline on the ground of the home.
Rinehart pleaded responsible earlier this month earlier than D’Apolito to tried aggravated arson, intimidation, inducing panic and obstructing official enterprise.
Paris stated she had been suggested that police have “a historical past of interplay with this defendant in Sebring, and I do consider at this level, given the severity of this case and the chance he created to the entire officers who had been current,” that jail is required.
“I do consider each officer from Sebring was on scene. The chance he posed to your entire company, I consider a jail sentence is warranted.”
However Rinehart already has served about 16 months within the county jail and has lower than two months left to serve, his legal professional, Tom Zena, stated.
Rinehart was against the law sufferer in 2007, and the one that dedicated the acts was prosecuted by Mahoning County prosecutors, Zena famous.
Paris stated she will not be a psychological well being skilled, “however I do really feel comfy acknowledging that there’s a historical past of psychological well being points” and acknowledged the prosecution Zena talked about.
“I definitely can’t deny the mitigating nature of these circumstances,” Paris stated.
The choose stated “there’s some sympathy,” but additionally “acknowledgment of the hazard he poses.”
Zena agreed that the acts Rinehart dedicated that day had been dangerous. “It was mayhem,” Zena stated.
However throughout a psychological well being analysis, Rinehart stated he “wasn’t positive if folks had been making an attempt to kill him that day, together with his father, and that’s the reason he put fuel throughout the home.”
Rinehart’s grandmother, a sufferer within the case, requested that Rinehart not get any jail time.
Along with the jail time, Rinehart might be on parole for 3 years.
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