Man seeks to pull plea in theft case

LISBON – A man accused of helping in the theft of heavy-duty cable from the city of Columbiana last fall, Jonathan Cook was scheduled to be sentenced for the crime this week in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Then his defense attorney, Charley Kidder, told Judge C. Ashley Pike of Cook’s desire to withdraw his previously entered guilty plea to the charge of theft.

Cook, 27, South West Street, Columbiana, is accused of helping Michael Nagel take $3,500 worth of the heavy-duty cable from electrical substation in early October. Nagel was sentenced in January to 10 months in prison with credit for 84 days served for theft and criminal damaging in regard to the same matter.

Kidder said Cook admits he was there, but claims not to be the person who removed the cable. After entering the guilty plea, Cook reportedly had a change of heart in the matter and decided he would rather proceed with a jury trial.

Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones pointed out part of the evidence against Cook is a video, which would clearly show Cook assisting in pulling the cable from the electrical substation property.

Jones also told Pike she believed during the previous plea hearing Cook had a thorough and complete conversation with Pike about his decision to plead, making it apparent he knew what would happen if he changed pleaded to guilty.

Pike said he would take the motion to withdraw the guilty plea under advisement.