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Judge refuses leniency, sentences woman to 3 years for burglary



Published: Thu, January 27, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN -- Tamera E. Dotson, facing sentencing on a burglary charge, asked a Mahoning County Common Pleas Court judge for one more chance to get her life in order.

Judge R. Scott Krichbaum rejected her plea, adding, "Burglary is a crime that's unforgivable."

Judge Krichbaum sentenced Dotson, 45, of Mineral Ridge, to three years in prison Tuesday.

She broke into a home on Gibson Road, Canfield, on Sept. 6 and threatened one of the homeowners with a hammer she took out of a kitchen drawer. She told the judge she "was high at the time."

The male homeowner was able to grab the hammer, and he and his wife were able to force Dotson from the home. Police arrested her a short time later.

Judge Krichbaum said a pre-sentence report from the Ohio Adult Parole Authority showed that Dotson has a past criminal record and was on probation from drug court in Trumbull County when she committed the burglary.

The report, which recommended jail time, also said she has felony cases pending in Warren and Newton Falls. Dotson apologized for her behavior, including urinating on the homeowners' floor during the burglary, and again asked the judge for a second chance.

"I'm fresh out of second chances," Judge Krichbaum said.




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