MAHONING COUNTY Woman asks to be let out of prison



Rogers' family said she's learned her lesson and just wants to help others.
By BOB JACKSON
VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER
YOUNGSTOWN -- Robin Rogers is asking to be let out of prison after serving just more than two months of a one-year sentence for stealing from the Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp.
Rogers, 45, of Geauga County, was sentenced May 28 by Judge Jack Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. She was found guilty of theft after pleading no contest March 31.
According to court documents, Rogers spent a month in the county jail after she was sentenced, and was taken to the Ohio State Reformatory for Women on June 30. By law, the time she spent in the county jail applies toward her prison sentence.
At her sentencing hearing, Judge Durkin told Rogers he would consider granting her judicial release from prison, but made no promise that he would grant it.
Assistant Prosecutor Gina Arnaut said she will ask Judge Durkin to deny Rogers' request.
Converted checks
Authorities said Rogers converted checks made out to the CIC for her own use while she was the organization's director. The checks were deposited into an account she had opened at a bank in the Cleveland suburb of Beachwood. The stolen checks totaled some $51,260.
Rogers' attorney, Craig T. Weintraub, said in court documents that this is Rogers' first experience with incarceration and it is "having a profound emotional impact" on her family.
The request for judicial release is accompanied by letters to Judge Durkin from Rogers' husband, Michael, and two daughters, Sanjur Purirani and Navona Negron.
Each wrote that Rogers is a good person whose good deeds on behalf of others should be considered in her favor.
"She is not a bad person even though it may seem that way," Negron wrote. "Her problem is that she cares too much for other people. She never wanted to do anything that was wrong, she just wanted to help others that were needy."
Use for money
At her sentencing, Rogers told the judge that the money she put into the bank account was for helping abandoned and neglected children, but Judge Durkin said he didn't believe her explanation.
Michael Rogers wrote that his wife has donated toys and clothing to a battered women's shelter and has devoted considerable time to charitable activities.
bjackson@vindy.com

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