Robert A. Brown Sr., 39, of Findlay, was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison after pleading guilty in February to felonious assault, a second-degree felony. He will also be required to serve three years of post-release control.
Brown bowed his head and seemed to be in tears while Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson read the sentence. Brown’s family, who were in the courtroom, appeared upset as well.
The charge stems from an Aug. 20, 2017, incident in which Brown got into a fight with the victim, Robert W. Durain, 52, of Findlay, over car repairs Durain had promised to Brown, said Brown’s attorney, Alex Treece.
“This is not a situation where Mr. Brown expected to seriously injure Mr. Durain,” Treece said.
Durain did not appear at the sentencing and Assistant Hancock County Prosecutor Lora Manon said several attempts to contact him were unsuccessful.
While Brown has been out of prison since 2010, he has a long history of violent and drug offenses, Routson noted at the sentencing.
Brown, his voice low, apologized to the court.
“I’m very sorry for what I did,” Brown said. “I’ve been trying since I’ve been home to do the right thing.”
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