Friday First District Roundup 1-17-20

Each Friday, we highlight decisions of the First District Court of Appeals in the past week. For question about these cases, contact Vanessa Seeger.

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State of Ohio v. Tranell Jones
Case #C190039

Quote from Judge Mock's Opinion:

Defendant-appellant Tranell Jones pleaded guilty to one count of attempted misuse of a credit card in violation of R.C. 2923.02, a first-degree misdemeanor. On February 16, 2018, Jones had used her employer’s credit card, without her employer’s permission, to rent a storage container from 1-800-Pack-Rat, LLC (“Pack Rat”). Once the employer, an elderly woman that Jones cared for, discovered the unauthorized charge, she contacted the credit card company, which promptly reversed the charge, resulting in an economic loss to Pack Rat.

At sentencing, the trial court imposed three years of community control and ordered Ms. Jones to pay $90.94 in restitution to Pack Rat. Ms. Jones challenged the order of restitution, arguing that Pack Rat was not the victim of her crime and thus, not entitled to restitution. At Ms. Jones’s request, the trial court stayed the order of restitution.

Ms. Jones now appeals, bringing forth a single assignment of error challenging the order of restitution. For the following reasons, we overrule Ms. Jones’s single assignment of error and affirm the trial court’s judgment.

State of Ohio v. Jason Fears
Case # C180492

Quote from Judgment Entry:

Following a bench trial, defendant-appellant Jason Fears was found guilty of operation of a motor vehicle without reasonable control in violation of R.C. 4511.202, failure to stop after an accident in violation of R.C. 4549.021, and operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (“OVI”) in violation of R.C. 4511.19(A)(1)(a). He was sentenced as appears of record. Fears filed a notice of appeal for each conviction, which we consolidated for review. Fears’s sentences were stayed pending his appeals.

State of Ohio v. Jasere Jackson
Case #C180209

Quote from Judge Myers' Opinion:

Defendant-appellant Jasere Jackson appeals his convictions for five counts of aggravated robbery. In four assignments of error, Jackson argues that it was error to transfer jurisdiction of his case from the Hamilton County Juvenile Court to the court of common pleas, that the trial court erred in the imposition of sentence, that he was denied the effective assistance of counsel, and that the trial court erred by failing to award him the correct amount of jail-time credit.

The state concedes that the trial court did not correctly determine the amount of jail-time credit to which Jackson is entitled. We accordingly remand the case for the trial court to calculate and award Jackson the appropriate amount of jailtime credit, but otherwise affirm the trial court’s judgment.