Defendant can’t run from criminal past

LISBON – A Lisbon man with a long, criminal past will spend the next three years in prison after Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike called him “a menace to society” on Friday.

Richard Parrish, 42, Maple Street Extension, Lisbon, pleaded guilty in June to felonious assault and aggravated menacing for attacking Allen Ingledue with a pocket knife on Dec. 2 leaving Ingledue with wounds to his left eyelid, left arm and abdomen. Parrish then threatened Gary Holloway by texting him to say he was going to come for Holloway and his wife next. Then Parrish called a neighbor to say he was going to burn Holloway’s house down.

A presentencing investigation was conducted in the time since Parrish pleaded, and it showed numerous criminal charges against Parrish through the years, including 14 domestic violence charges.

“I’ve never seen a case file with 45 charges,” admitted Parrish’s defense attorney Richard Hura, before asking Pike to consider allowing Parrish to be part of a new program at the Counseling Center being conducted by Charles Sarachman.

Prior to sentencing, Sarachman said he has known Parrish for about three years, and Parrish admits all of his violent acts occur when he has been drinking. He proposed to give Parrish an injectable drug Vivitrol, which helps alcoholics break their dependence by negating the craving to drink. Along with counseling, Sarachman said the drug has been “very effective” for some at the Counseling Center.

“I agree I’ve caused a lot of problems in the past,” Parrish said just prior to sentencing. “I would like to give it a try if I can.”

Pike told Parrish he should try the treatment program, urging him to contact Sarachman as soon as he serves his three-year sentence.

“I’m sorry,” Pike said. “I just can’t trust you to put you on probation.”