GALLIPOLIS — A prison sentence was handed down this week to Gallia County man who allegedly pulled a handgun on his ex-girlfriend before stealing her car last fall.
Jason M. Jenkins, 37, of the Centenary area, was sentenced on Wednesday to a total of 30 months of imprisonment after he pleaded guilty last month to one count of robbery.
The defendant was arrested by deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office following an incident that was reported to authorities on September 26.
According to the original complaint filed with the Gallipolis Municipal Court, the victim in this case reported that, on the date of the incident, the defendant had kept bugging her to come to his residence to take the dogs, as she commonly did. Jenkins had also reportedly been asking her for money to buy heroin.
According to the victim, when she entered the residence with her keys in hand, the defendant began to struggle with her for the keys and then pulled a black handgun on her and put it to her chest.
Jenkins then allegedly took the keys from her, entered her vehicle and locked himself in before searching her purse for money. There was reportedly $20 in cash in the purse.
The victim reportedly fled to a nearby gas station for help and to call 9-1-1.
After receiving this report, the sheriff’s office SWAT team executed a search warrant that evening at the suspect’s trailer on Herman Road in Green Township where the car was found parked by the residence.
Upon entering the residence, the officers asked the defendant where the gun was located. The defendant reportedly responded that the gun was not real, but was located in a middle bedroom. The gun, identified as a airsoft gun, was confiscated by the officers.
Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Gallia County EMS also assisted deputies at the scene where Jenkins was found possibly overdosed and with minor cuts to his wrist. He was subsequently transported to the Holzer Medical Center and was arrested on September 28 following his release from the hospital.
Jenkins later made an initial appearance in the municipal court, and, during a subsequent preliminary hearing, his case was bound over to the common pleas court where it was heard by a grand jury.
The defendant later pleaded not guilty to a third-degree felony charge of robbery during an arraignment hearing in October in the common pleas court and his bond was set at $200,000, 10 percent.
A proposed plea agreement was filed in this case in December and during a hearing on December 13, Jenkins pleaded guilty to the charge against him.
A sentencing hearing was held on Wednesday in the common pleas courtroom where Judge D. Dean Evans handed down a 30 month sentence to Jenkins in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
He was given credit in the amount of 89 days served, ordered to pay the costs of prosecution and was ordered to have no contact with the person or property of the victim in this case.
Jenkins was remanded to the custody of the Gallia County Sheriff and will be transported to the appropriate prison facility at a later date.