Tipp City man gets 8 months for attempting to break into Piqua home

By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmedianetwork.com



MIAMI COUNTY — A Tipp City resident was sentenced Monday to eight months in jail for attempting to force his way into a house on the 800 block of Manier Avenue in Piqua back in September.

Bobby R. Barrett, 30, reportedly damaged property with a garden tool and assaulted several people during that incident, according to Piqua police reports. There was a female at the house known to Barrett. He was allegedly assaulting the female when neighbors saw the incident and intervened.

According to previous reports, Barrett claimed that residents there owed him money. There were also numerous witnesses to the event.

Following the incident, Barrett was arrested for three counts of first-degree misdemeanor assault and one count of fifth-degree felony attempted burglary. Barrett’s charges were downgraded to fifth-degree felony attempt to trespass.

The female reportedly involved in the incident submitted a victim impact statement to Judge Jeannine Pratt, but she was not present during the sentencing hearing held Monday in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

“I am truly sorry,” Barrett said during the hearing. “I was upset … I shouldn’t have done it.”

Barrett’s public defender Steve Layman asked Judge Pratt to consider giving Barrett community control for Barrett’s first felony conviction.

“You were highly intoxicated at the time of this event,” Judge Pratt said.

Barrett indicated that this was true.

Prosecutor Paul Watkins stated that Barrett’s actions “were very violent” and “caused all sorts of damage.”

Judge Pratt pointed out that, until that day in court, Barrett denied having an alcohol abuse problem. Barrett has also never been treated for his reported addiction to alcohol.

“The state believes a prison term is appropriate,” Watkins said.

Watkins stated that when looking through Barrett’s criminal history in Miami County Municipal Court, it was “drugs and violence.”

“There was an attempt of physical harm to a person,” Judge Pratt said, stating later that the victim “suffered psychological and economic harm.”

Judge Pratt then recounted some of Barrett’s criminal history that resulted in prison terms, including an aggravated robbery charge in 2003 when Barrett was a juvenile, three parole violations following that conviction, 30 days in jail for disorderly conduct, 180 days in jail for OVI, 30 days in jail for aggravated menacing, 10 days in jail for drug paraphernalia, 180 days in jail for domestic violence, another 30 days in jail for disorderly conduct, and more.

Since Barrett was charged in connection with the incident in September, he was also charged with second-degree misdemeanor resisting arrest and fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct in October, and minor misdemeanor disorderly conduct in December.

“He has demonstrated extreme alcohol abuse,” Judge Pratt said.

Judge Pratt also said that Barrett has shown a pattern of drug abuse and “shows no genuine remorse.”

“I’ve got nothing left to do with you,” Judge Pratt said. She then referred to the aggravated robbery charge in 2003 when Barrett was a juvenile, saying, “I would have thought a juvenile conviction where someone died would have woken you up.”

Barrett may have the option of doing a three-year post-release control.

“I hope you choose a different path,” Judge Pratt said.


By Sam Wildow


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