Court rejects robber’s appeal

WARREN – The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down an appeal by a 26-year-old Campbell man who was convicted by a Trumbull County jury last year of robbing a man inside a Weathersfield laundromat and leading police on a chase until he was stopped in Warren.

Patrick Lamar Weaver already lost his appeal once in March before the 11th District Court of Appeals, which affirmed the conviction and sentencing by Judge Andrew Logan.

Weaver’s appeal was based on a technicality that added three years to his nine-year sentence because he was found to be what the law terms a repeat violent offender.

He was convicted previously on a burglary charge and had served six years in prison as an 18-year-old and had only been out of prison for a matter of days when the robbery occurred in August 2012.

Weaver has argued that his robbery conviction failed to produce any evidence of serious physical harm to the victim.

But assistant county prosecutor LuWayne Annos argued at the appellate level that a suspect only has to threaten or attempt serious physical harm to the victim.

”In this case, the victim was struck over the head and declined any medical treatment,” Annos said. ”But the threat of serious physical harm was there.”

Weaver stole the victim’s car outside the laundromat, afterwards leading police on a chase through Niles and Warren before he was stopped.

The jury found Weaver not guilty of assault on a police officer, which the prosecution said came when he bit a female Warren police officer on the ankle as she was arresting him following the chase.

Against his attorney’s advice, Weaver testified at the trial, claiming he was adversly affected by marijuana given to him by a relative before they went out to a strip joint for the night.