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Area man sentenced in March bank robbery

May 30, 2013
By MARK LAW - Staff writer (mlaw@heraldstaronline.com.) , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Joseph Bednarek, 32, of 4854 township Road 177, Rayland, was sentenced Wednesday by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to robbery in connection with the March 11 robbery of the U.S. Bank in Smithfield.

Bednarek walked into the bank shortly after it opened on March 11 and told a teller, "Give me your money so I don't have to shoot you," said Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla.

Bednarek told Henderson a different account of what happened. Bednarek said the teller was counting money on the counter and he reached over, grabbed the money and ran out of the bank.

County Assistant Prosecutor Jeffrey Bruzzese said Bednarek threatened the teller.

Bednarek will be on probation for one year. He faces up to nine months in prison if he violates probation. Henderson ordered Bednarek to make $830 in restitution to the bank.

Also, Christopher E. Nemeth, 32, of 1715 state Route 43, Richmond, was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center by Henderson after pleading guilty to felony operating a vehicle under the influence. Henderson ordered Nemeth to pay a $2,700 fine and suspended Nemeth's driving license for three years.

Nemeth was stopped on Dec. 7 by City Police on Ohio Street and arrested for OVI.

Nemeth will be on probation for two years.

Jamal P. Harton, 21, of 1502 Ridge Ave. was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center by Henderson after pleading guilty to carrying a concealed weapon.

Harton will be on probation for two years. He faces up to nine months in prison if he violates probation.

Scott A. Gilmore, 41, of 731 Oxford Blvd. was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to two counts of receiving stolen property.

Gilmore was charged with receiving two stolen checks, totaling $270, in February.

Gilmore, who served a prison sentence for a prior theft charge, will be on probation for two years. He faces up to one year in prison if he violates probation.

Edward A. Kosikowski, 45, of 198 National Road, Toronto, was placed on two years of probation by Henderson after pleading guilty to two counts of trafficking in vicodin.

Lisa L. Swiger, 47, of 198 National Road, Toronto, was placed on two years of probation by Henderson after pleading guilty to one count of trafficking in Xanax.

Kosikowski and Swiger were among six people arrested by Toronto Police in November following an investigation into the trafficking of prescription medication.

Brent Montenery, 27, of 319 Jones Ave., Yorkville, was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center by Henderson after Montenery admitted to another probation violation.

Montenery pleaded guilty to two counts of drug trafficking in April 2011 and was placed on three years of probation. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail in September 2011 and 30 days in jail in January 2012, both on probation violations.

Montenery was convicted in March in Dillonvale county court of domestic violence.

Sean Dudley, 34, of 1212 Adams St. was sentenced to 15 months in prison by Henderson after pleading guilty to two counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of trafficking in cocaine.

 
 

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