Juvenile Probate Judge Jason Aslinger pronounced the sentence in the absence of Common Pleas Judge Jon Hein, who was on vacation.
Gorrell pleaded guilty to Count 1, Having Weapons while under Disability on April 14, a Felony 3; Count 3, Aggravated Burglary on April 16, a Felony 1; Count 4, Aggravated Robbery on April 16, a Felony 1; a Firearm Specification to Count 4; Count 5, Having Weapons while under Disability on April 16, Felony 3; and Count 6, Having Weapons while under Disability on April 20, Felony 3.
Counts 3 and 4 presumed a prison term was necessary but didn’t require it. Only the Firearm specification required a 3-year sentence. Maximum penalties for all counts could have totaled 34 years and fines up to $70,000.
Darke County Asst. Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby, III, said that the agreed upon 12 years was reasonable. The family had had a “sawed off shotgun in their face,” the defendant had threatened to shoot police officers and it took two SWAT teams and tear gas before he gave himself up.
“At age 20 he is looking at 12 years in prison. We are hoping that in the next 12 years he will mature enough to think about his actions.”
Defense attorney Randall E. Breaden said that all of his client’s activity was drug related and that he was an addict. His client is hoping that this opportunity is a positive one where he could get an education, work on a trade and get treatment for his addiction.
Aslinger imposed a two-year sentence each on Counts 1, 5 and 6; nine years each on Counts 3 & 4; plus three years on the firearm specification. Counts 1-6 will run concurrently while the specification will run consecutively.