Following two trials, a Kent man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after a jury found that he robbed a North Mantua Street convenience store at knifepoint in April 2012.
Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said a two-day trial in Portage County Common Pleas Court in late June ended with a guilty verdict against Michael A. Carver Jr., 32, formerly of 602 Harris St., on two counts of aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies. Carver was sentenced by Judge John Enlow in late July.
Enlow credited Carver with 314 days served in the Portage County jail awaiting trial, according to his sentencing order.
Carver, already serving a two-year prison sentence for receiving stolen property and forgery, was tried twice on the robbery charges. The first trial ended with a hung jury on May 10, Vigluicci said, despite DNA evidence and surveillance videos showing that Carver committed the robbery.
Carver walked into the Circle K store at 850 N. Mantua St. on April 7, 2012, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap. Once inside, he went around the counter, showed a knife to a clerk and told her "Don't do something stupid," Vigluicci said.
The clerk screamed, which alerted a second coworker to the incident. Carver grabbed her cellphone as she tried to call for help and ran out of the store on foot, Vigluicci said. Police found the red hooded sweatshirt discarded on a nearby street, he said.
The sweatshirt was sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for testing, Vigluicci said, and Carver's DNA was found on it. Meanwhile, a confidential informant told Kent police that "a man named Michael Carver was bragging about robbing the Circle K," he said.
A tattoo on the robber's right wrist also matched one on Carver's wrist. Vigluicci said video of the crime was enhanced to show that when Carver placed his hand on the counter at the Circle K, the same tattoo was exposed.
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