Man says toothache made him a no-show for court; warrant issued

By Jasmine Rogers

The Marietta Times

A warrant has been issued for a Vincent man who ignored admonishments from his attorney and refused to show up for his Tuesday sentencing in Washington County Common Pleas Court on a breaking and entering charge.

Shannon Hines, 25, of 1220 Brackenridge Road, pleaded guilty in May to a fifth-degree felony count of breaking and entering for stealing a video game system and other items from a home on Radabaugh Road in Marietta on or around Aug. 22.

He was scheduled to be sentenced on an agreed disposition that stipulated he would spend 60 days in the Washington County Jail and three years on community control for a fifth-degree felony count and breaking and entering.

However, Hines telephoned his attorney Nancy Brum minutes before the scheduled sentencing to inform her he would not be coming because he had a toothache, Brum told Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth during the scheduled sentencing.

“He told me he’d turn himself in tomorrow. I advised him he needed to be here forthwith this morning,” she said.

Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings requested that Burnworth issue a warrant for Hines’ arrest as his failure to appear was a violation of his bond.

“I don’t think the court has any other option,” said Rings.

Burnworth agreed, but said he would not issue the warrant until today, giving Hines the rest of Tuesday to turn himself in.

Most offenders charged with fourth- and fifth-degree felonies are not prison eligible. However, certain factors can make such an offender prison eligible. Violating a condition of bond is one such factor.

Because Hines failed to appear, he could face a year in prison instead of 60 days in jail.

According to the agreed disposition, Hines will also be responsible for restitution for the stolen items. The amount of restitution was not immediately available.