Man wins big at casino, ends up in court


By Erin Thompson - [email protected]



A Columbus man pleaded guilty to felony charges after a good night at the casino caused him to celebrate a little too much.

Brian Cramer, 39, pleaded guilty to improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fifth-degree felony, in Madison County Common Pleas Court on Friday.

Last December, Cramer was found asleep on State Route 142, outside of West Jefferson, with empty beers cans, a cooler of beer and a loaded handgun in his vehicle, according to assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins.

He blew a .215 on the breathalyzer, more than double the legal limit.

Cramer told the arresting officer he had “won big” at the casino and was celebrating, according to Adkins.

Cramer will appear in court again for sentencing May 19.

He faces up to 12 months behind bars and a fine up to $2,500. He is currently out on bond.

Also in court Friday:

• Gerald Brecheen Jr., 20, of Beavercreek, was granted an intervention in lieu of conviction.

Brecheen will undergo treatment for a year. If he does not follow the guidelines and complete any and all programs recommended, the ILC will be revoked and a guilty plea to the original charge of felony theft will be entered.

• Aaron Chitison, 31, of Columbus, appeared for his informal pretrial hearing.

Chitison is charged with two counts of illegal conveyance of drugs, both third-degree felonies.

Chitison allegedly mailed buprenorphine, an opioid, to his brother, an inmate at Madison Correctional.

All letters are inspected before being delivered to inmates. Once the contraband was discovered, authorities reviewed phone calls between the brothers discussing the scheme.

Chitison will appear in court again May 5 for his formal pretrial hearing. He is currently out on bond.

• Jeremy Pollock, 38, of Springfield, appeared for his informal pretrial hearing.

Pollock is charged with two counts grand theft, third-degree felonies, and one count receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony.

Pollock’s bond was revoked Tuesday after he overdosed on Monday. Pollock’s attorney, Seth Schirtzinger, requested bond be reinstated and stated the relapse was an “isolated incident.”

County prosecutor Steve Pronai went over Pollock’s criminal history, which dates back to 2001.

Judge Eamon Costello wound up setting bond at $50,000.

Pollock will appear in court again May 5 for his formal pretrial hearing.

• Kristopher Miller, 26, of London, failed to appear for his informal pretrial hearing.

Miller faces a single charge of fifth-degree felonious possession of drugs.

Melissa Upthegrove, Miller’s defense attorney, stated that she had had not heard from him.

Costello issued a warrant for Miller’s arrest. Miller can be charged with failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony, for skipping court.

• Cynthia Dilworth, 50, of London, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felonious possession of heroin.

She will appear in court again May 19 for sentencing. She faces up to 12 months behind bars and a fine up to $2,500. She is currently out on bond.

• Marshall Lee White, 18, of London, pleaded guilty to misuse of a credit card, a first-degree misdemeanor, and was subsequently sentenced to one year non-reporting probation.

In consideration of his plea, the state dropped a felony theft charge.

White had used his father’s debit card to make several purchases at businesses such as Taco Bell and Speedway, totaling $146.20.

The father noticed the mysterious charges and reported it to police, whose investigation led them to White.

Costello stated that it was “unusual” for such cases to work their way through the legal system, agreeing with White’s attorney, Steve Fox, that it could have been handled with discipline at home.

Fox stated that White had a “lapse in judgment” and argued that, overall, he was a very responsible young man.

• Robert Akins, 67, of Chillicothe, pleaded guilty to complicity to illegal conveyance of drugs, a third-degree felony.

While incarcerated at London Correctional, Akins received Suboxone through the mail.

He will appear in court again May 19 for sentencing. He faces up to 3 years behind bars and a fine up to $10,000. Until then, he is out on bond.

• Joshua Lawrence, 22, of West Jefferson, was granted an intervention in lieu of conviction.

Lawrence pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felonious theft last December after he stole jewelry from a friend and pawned it for drug money.

In court, Lawrence stated that he’s been clean for about eight months, had gained 40 pounds of “healthy weight” and feels better than he has in a long time.

Fox, Lawrence’s attorney, stated that “you can just tell” that Lawrence is clean and on the right path.

Costello indicated that Lawrence would be in handcuffs had he not passed a drug test that morning.

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By Erin Thompson

[email protected]

Reach Erin Thompson at 740-837-4502.

Reach Erin Thompson at 740-837-4502.

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