Troy man to serve 56 months in prison

Michael Cartonia, 31, attempted to fake mental illness according to psych evaluation

By Melanie Yingst -



MIAMI COUNTY — Before sentencing a Troy man to serve 56 months in prison, Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee noted a licensed psychiatrist’s evaluation found Michael Cartonia, 31, attempted to fake mental illness in order to explain his conduct on Wednesday.

In previous court proceedings, Cartonia pleaded guilty to seven felony charges including one count of third-degree felony burglary, five counts of fifth-degree felony forgery, and one count of fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property.

Cartonia initially entered pleas of not guilty by reason of insanity and was evaluated by a licensed psychiatrist from the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio who found Cartonia did not suffer from any mental illness.

Judge Gee said he reviewed Cartonia’s psychiatric evaluation, in which the psychologist noted Cartonia was “faking mental illness” during his assessment.

“It doesn’t support the claim you have bipolar disorder even if you do. I just don’t see a treatment regimen because I don’t know what you have,” Judge Gee said.

Gee also said Cartonia’s pattern of conduct was “a hallmark” each time he had “an opportunity for freedom.”

Before sentencing, Cartonia apologized for the crimes he committed before asking to be placed on community control so he could seek mental health treatment, which he said he was doing before he was arrested in October 2015.

“I want to be a good person. I’m 31 years old and I’m tired. I don’t know how to be an adult … all I know is being incarcerated,” Cartonia said.

As part of the plea agreement, the state remained silent during sentencing.

Gee noted that Cartonia committed the crimes while on parole and had many opportunities to seek drug, alcohol and mental health treatment throughout his stints of community control. Judge Gee also noted the victims of Cartonia’s home burglaries would have “significant, permanent change in their lives” each time they come home due to his actions.

Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies tracked Cartonia down in October 2015 after Cartonia used stolen credit cards at several businesses in Troy. The credit cards were stolen during residential burglaries on Troy-Urbana Road, according to previous reports.

Cartonia was sentenced to serve 36 months for burglary, plus two 10 month sentences for the forgery and receiving stolen property charges. Judge Gee ordered the sentences to be served consecutively to protect the public.

Cartonia received 177 days of jail credit and will serve three years of post-release control upon his release.

Michael Cartonia, 31, attempted to fake mental illness according to psych evaluation

By Melanie Yingst