Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:16

Trio Receive Max For Beating Rap

Three of the four people convicted in the beating of a 72-year old Bath resident learned their fate in court today.

Madrid Asefi, Justin Hill, and Michael Louthian were each given the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the vicious assault and robbery of David Allen June 26.

Judge Lynne Callahan said before sentencing that these men should think about their actions while in prison in addition to the physical and emotional toll that Mr. Allen has to live with for the rest of his life.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said the punishment for these men had to fit given the brutal nature of the crime.

"We see thousands of violent crimes at this office and this ranks among the highest in terms of severity, so we feel the sentencing is appropriate."

On June 26, the three men confronted Allen at his home and when Allen told them to leave,  they left, but when they came back, they knocked  him out of his wheelchair and kicked and stomped him before stealing guns, money, TVs  and anything else they could get their hands on.

A meals-on-wheels worker found Allen days after the robbery. Due to the severity of the attack, he will spend the rest of his life in an assisted living facility.

Allen, who was in the courtroom accompanied by a home-health worker says justice was served.

"I think it was fair and the maximum value should have been given," he says.

Each of the young men told the court they were sorry for their actions and that if they could take that day back, they would.

Bevan Walsh called the behavior of the men "outrageous" saying that they ought to have the memory of Mr. Allen in their hearts and minds every day that they are behind bars.

Asefi, Hill and Louthian previously pleaded guilty to Aggravated Burglary and Aggravated Robbery, both first degree felonies. Asefi will spend an additional five years in prison for a robbery conviction in Portage County.

Samantha Furman, who was working as a home health aide for Allen tipped her ex boyfriend Michael Louthian off as to where Allen had cash, guns and TVs in his house.

Furman also pleaded guilty to Aggravated Burglary and Aggravated Robbery, along with Christine Marshall who drove the men to Allen's house. She will be sentenced along with Furman March 14.

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