Woman guilty of armed robbery in Rootstown

By Dave O'Brien | StAFF WRITER Published:

A Ravenna woman who robbed a man at gunpoint in Rootstown in July 2012 faces mandatory prison time after pleading guilty to felony aggravated robbery.

Sara K. Knight, 18, with a last known address of 348 N. Walnut St., pleaded guilty Friday to one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony with a firearms specification, in Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom.

Sentencing is pending a pre-sentence investigation. Knight faces three to 11 years in prison, plus a mandatory three years in prison for using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Knight and her boyfriend, Jonathan J. Kornet, were accused in the July 27, 2012, robbery of a 20-year-old man in a residence in the 3100 block of Cook Road in Rootstown. According to the Portage County Sheriff's Office, the couple invited the victim to the house, where Kornet held him at gunpoint, ordered him to get on the floor and stole his wallet and cellphone before fleeing. The victim was not injured.

Warrants were obtained on the couple, and they remained free until Aug. 20, 2012, when they were tracked back to Rootstown and arrested at the same residence where the robbery took place. Deputies were prepared to kick in the door when the couple surrendered.

Kornet pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, with a firearms specification in Pittman's courtroom on Nov. 14, 2012. A motion to vacate his guilty plea was denied, and Kornet was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Dec. 17.

Kornet attempted suicide in the Portage County jail on Jan. 6 but was unsuccessful, according to the sheriff's office. He was treated for his injuries at Akron City Hospital and then transferred to the Lorain Correctional Institution to serve out his sentence.

Kornet, 25, is scheduled to be released from prison in August 2022, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

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  • The Judge Well here you go again. You can not dispute the facts so you start calling people names. You might remember that you are only foolish when you start calling names instead of giving facts. In the first place you do not know what I have already done even thought I spelled it out for you. I supported Pittman because I thought she would be a good judge. This was not the case, and I freely admitted that I made a mistake on helping to get her elected. Now I will work to get her defeated. Again I freely admit that I have won some and lost some, but I will continue to try and get some judges that will put scumbags away. Here in Portage County the good Old Boys control who can run and there has been way too many candidates running unopposed. I look for that to occur again. Now I ask you, are you keeping your agreement and the rules of the court?

  • DoWhatsRight you truly are a person of many words and many stories. I have been reading your ignorant rants for years about how you are going to take action and us judges better beware. The problem is the more you speak those ridiculous words with no action to back them up, the more you look the fool. And once again here you are looking foolish making empty threats. Here's another thought for you DoWhatsRight, put up or shut up.

  • The judge. NO you are wrong the superior man warns before he takes action. I truly intend to make it known how soft our justice system is on druggie. If you have been reading sound off and letters in the papers you will see that I am not alone. I will tell you that none of those complaints were made by me. It is far past time for our judges to start putting these scumbags behind bars so the decent people in this county can live without fear of being robbed. I know that Judge Enlow runs in 2014 and Judge Pittman runs in 2016. I worked on Judge Pittman’s first campaign for Common Pleas Judge and did a lot to get her elected. I will say that it turned out to be a mistake. I have caused other elected officials to be removed from office. I did not win them all, but I won some. What have you done? I work directly with the voters. You will not see me making speeches etc. You will never even know I was doing it. By the way been to New York lately?

  • DoWhatsRight, I see you are still on here all these years later still posting empty threats against us here at the house of justice. We have been looking forward to you taking some type of action for many years now. Posting threats as the anonymous DoWhatsRight is apparently the farthest you are willing to take your threats. Here's a thought for you, the superior man acts before he speaks.

  • Well this female should get the same sentence, but she is a female in the Portage County Courts. She will claim the drug defense and will get a slap on the wrist and probation so she can lure some other guy into a robbery. I am going to be watching this one and if she does not get time, I will see that all of Portage County knows about it at election time.