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A Summit County man who assaulted a Brimfield Walmart employee during a robbery there in August 2015 has been sentenced to prison for the second time in two years.
Kenneth R. Lesher, 45, of Barberton, was sentenced last week to nine months in prison by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman on a charge of attempted robbery, a fourth-degree felony. He pleaded guilty to that charge in February.
Pittman ordered Lesher to pay $798 in fines and court costs, and credited him with 33 days already served in jail. He also was ordered to stay away from the victim, according to the judge's sentencing order.
Lesher shoved a female loss prevention employee at the retail store on Aug. 7, 2015, after he and another suspect committed a theft there. The employee suffered a back injury, according to Brimfield police.
The case took longer than a year to get through the court because Lesher was unavailable for trial while serving an eight-month prison sentence handed down in October 2015 after he was convicted of felony theft in Geauga County. He was released from prison in April 2016.