Man sentenced to four years for March attack in Springfield


By Joe Gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A Darlington, Pa., man was sentenced in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to four years in prison after pleading guilty to charges he attacked a trailer belonging to the father of his girlfriend in Springfield Township.

Judge R. Scott Krichbaum on Monday sentenced Robert Stanley, 35, after Stanley pleaded guilty to charges of attempted aggravated burglary, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and vandalism.

He was arrested about 3 a.m. March 18 by township police after reports said he showed up at the trailer looking for his girlfriend, with whom he was arguing. He tried to get inside the trailer but could not. He also shot at several vehicles nearby, reports said.

No one was injured.

The four-year sentence was agreed upon between prosecutors and defense attorney Donald Frank.

Frank asked Judge Krichbaum to abide by the sentencing agreement. He noted the lack of a criminal record by his client and also said his client suffers from emotional issues aggravated by alcohol that evening.

Stanley did undergo a mental-health evaluation before he took his plea, and the evaluation found he was competent to stand trial and assist in his own defense.

Judge Krichbaum said the evaluation found Stanley has a “severe mental disease.”

Stanley apologized for his actions. He said he wants to use his time in prison to get better and he hopes he can move on.

The sister of Stanley’s girlfriend told Judge Krichbaum her nieces and nephews were in the trailer at the time and heard the gunfire. The incident still scares them, she said.

“The kids still hear gunshots to this day. They have nightmares. They can’t sleep,” the woman said.

Judge Krichbaum said, “These things happen in our community far too often. I don’t know what’s going on out there.”

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