Inmate can’t kick about extra prison time

LISBON — A former East Liverpool man already in the county jail awaiting an upcoming hearing on other charges kicked out a window and received an additional charge of vandalism.

William Lewis Gist, 52, who now lists his address in Weirton, W.Va., pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony vandalism charge before Judge Megan Bickerton in Common Pleas Court Tuesday afternoon.

According to Assistant County Prosecutor Alec Beech, Gist had been in jail and was playing basketball when security cameras show him moving over next to a wall and kicking backwards several times to damage a window. Beech said he will ask for a six-month prison term consecutive to any sentence he may receive in the other case he was in jail in connection with.

Defense attorney Jennifer Gorby said Gist has already made arrangements to pay for the damages to the window, which Beech listed as $1,162.

Sentencing for the vandalism charge is scheduled for May 29.

In addition, Gist has a status conference and jury trial scheduled in Common Pleas Court in the other case, charging him with trespassing in a habitation and two counts of violating a protection order. Gist is accused of entering the Ohio Avenue, East Liverpool, home of Angela Adkins, on Nov. 10, when he had a protection order in place. He is also accused of violating a protection order on Nov. 22.



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