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Man gets prison in assault case

LISBON — A Salem man who beat someone repeatedly with a baseball bat during a robbery was sentenced to an indefinite term of at least five years in prison in Common Pleas Court. He could serve up to seven and a half years.

Shamar M. Gould, 36, East Third Street, had pleaded guilty to the charges of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, during a hearing in July.

Chief Assistant County Prosecutor John Gamble had recommended the five-year sentence, citing the brutal nature of the crimes and Gould’s prior criminal history, which includes drug-trafficking offenses in Columbiana County.

According to Gamble, this incident appeared to be a dispute involving drugs. Evidence showed that dispute led to Gould repeatedly beating Brandon J. Zepernick, causing him serious injuries. Gould then stole money from Zepernick’s home in Salem.

Gamble credited Salem police detectives Dave Talbert and John Scheets for their investigation of the case, which provided the evidence needed to prosecute the case, adding “such experience in law enforcement leads to safer communities.”

A related aggravated burglary charge stemming from the same incident was dismissed.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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