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Cortland man sentenced in robbery

WARREN — A 20-year-old Cortland man was given an indefinite prison sentence from two to three years after he was convicted of second-degree robbery charge involving jewelry worth 99 cents.

Nicholas Hedrick, of 120 Beechwood Drive, pleaded guilty to the felony and Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice abided by the jointly recommended prison sentence that was hammered out by prosecutors and Hedrick’s attorney Mary Ellen Ditchey.

The case deals with an 8:20 p.m. Sept. 20, 2020, incident at the Willow Park basketball courts in Cortland, a police report states, where a 17-year-old boy was assaulted and robbed of a pair of stainless steel earrings.

The victim of the robbery was treated at the scene by paramedics, police said. Assistant Prosecutor Charles Morrow said the victim signed off on Hedrick’s prison sentence and did not want any restitution for the cheap jewelry. Hedrick will be credited with 37 days already served in the county jail, Morrow said.

The legal problems for Hedrick are not over, however. Court records show that Hedrick is scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing Feb. 3 in Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay’s courtroom to answer charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and interference with custody.

Records show Hedrick was arrested July 8, 2020, after being found with a 15-year-old runaway girl from Youngstown that day.

Officers got a tip that Hedrick was with the girl, and they found the pair on Greenbriar Drive near Southdale Boulevard, according to Cortland police Chief David Morris.

The girl was returned to her family. Court records show McKay had ordered Hedrick have no contact with the girl, even through social media.

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