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Sentencing in hit-and-run death in downtown Kent from July set for Monday

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published: November 18, 2014 4:01 AM
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Sentencing for an Edinburg woman who hit and killed a Rootstown man with her car while driving under the influence of heroin in downtown Kent in July is scheduled to take place in Portage County Common Pleas Court on Monday.

Allison E. Barton, 22, of 7468 Tallmadge Road, remains in the Portage County jail on $500,000 cash bond after pleading guilty Friday to one count each of aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, and failure to stop after an accident, a third-degree felony, in Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom.

Her sentencing hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday. Barton faces two to eight years in prison on the vehicular homicide charge and one to five years in prison on the hit-and-run charge.

Barton's 2006 Jeep Liberty struck pedestrian Richard M. Schoepe, 37, a popular youth sports coach and father of two young children, as he walked near the Star of the West Mill on North Water Street, where he had been employed for 15 years, on the morning of July 17.

Schoepe was taken to Akron City Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Barton fled the scene headed southbound through Kent, striking at least one other vehicle in the process. She was detained on S.R. 43 south of Kent city limits by Brimfield police, and subsequently taken into Kent police custody.

A Portage County grand jury indicted Barton on six charges, including three felonies and three misdemeanors, in August. The remaining charges were dismissed by the Portage County Prosecutor's Office as part of Barton's plea, according to court records.

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daveobrien Nov 21, 2014 8:41 PM

durbco and redleg6 - Prison time is mandatory in this case, due to the charges.

Dave O'Brien

redleg6 Nov 20, 2014 3:46 PM

They bargain all the time...

That is why it is called "The Portage County Discount House of Justice, No Plea Deal Refused"


durbco Nov 19, 2014 7:02 AM

We need to stop letting people plea to these lesser charges. Rick can never come back to be a father, husband, son, uncle, etc. So why should the low life that killed him have reduced charges because they make a plea deal with the prosecutor? Vigliucci & Mishniac should be ashamed of themselves for bargaining with a killer!!