WARREN - A 42-year-old former local man, who's already been to prison nine times, showed up Tuesday in court a year late after agreeing to a 12-month sentence.
Instead, Anthony L. Hall's sentence was doubled and a judge gave him two years behind bars.
And Judge Andrew Logan took issue with Hall's mother representing him as a defense attorney since she didn't have credentials to practice law in Ohio.
Logan said he would report the matter to the Trumbull County Bar Association, which could lead to a possible grievance or sanctions against attorney Dorothea Hall of Pittsburgh.
Hall was being represented by the local Public Defender's Office when he pleaded guilty Sept. 25, 2012, to charges of receiving stolen property, forgery and petty theft.
He admitted to stealing the credit card of a Trumbull County employee, stealing her identity and using the card to make purchases.
Hall, formerly of Ferndale Avenue S.W., was to undergo a pre-sentence investigation before sentencing, but instead he skipped town and no one in the court system heard from him.
In the meantime, Hall was arrested in the Pittsburgh area on similar charges and was prepared to do a stint on probation with special conditions that he attend a residential treatment center known as Crossroads.
Hall wasn't allowed into the Crossroads program since Trumbull County had a formal hold on him because he failed to appear here.
After authorities in Pennsylvania brought him home, Hall's mother filed a motion with Logan stating:
''(Anthony) suffers from mental health issues, namely anxiety disorder, depression and substance abuse addiction. In addition, he struggles with unresolved childhood issues or rejection, neglect and abandonment. Anthony is non-violent and the present offense was more stupidity than criminality. He was out with a girlfriend who gave him a stolen credit card to pay for the gas. He did not think, but went into the gas station and used the credit card.''
The mother said her son - the father of five children - has served eight months in Allegheny County Jail.
Assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman encouraged Logan to impose a sentence since Hall had been well acquainted with the criminal justice system in both states.