Scioto County Prosecutor Shane A. Tieman announce today that on July 31, 2018 a Scioto County Petit Jury convicted a Portsmouth man of Robbery. A Common Pleas Court jury convicted Douglas “D.J.” Brunner, Jr., age 32 on the single count indictment of Robbery, a felony of the third degree, early Tuesday afternoon.
The case stemmed from an incident that took place at a restaurant in Portsmouth, Ohio on December 20, 2018. Around 9:00 PM, two individuals entered the restaurant and one individual went into the employee area, threatened the cashier and took the money from the register. Portsmouth police quickly responded and the suspects were apprehended within a few hours.
Douglas Brunner was afforded his right to a jury trail that commenced this last Monday, July 30th. The jury received the case for deliberation mid morning, July 31st. The co-defendant Michael Miller, had pled guilty at a prior time.
The State’s case was presented by Prosecuting Attorney, Shane Tieman. Defendant was represented by attorney Shawn Stratton.
Scioto County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kuhn presided over the jury trial. Upon the verdict of guilty, the Court proceeded to sentence. After hearing arguments of counsel, Judge Kuhn sentenced Mr. Brunner to thirty-six months in the custody of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, the maximum permitted for this particular robbery. He also sentenced Brunner to an additional eighteen months for violation of community control and ran the sentences consecutive to one another for an aggregate sentence of fifty-four months. Brunner will remain lodged in the Scioto County Jail until his transport to the Ohio penitentiary system.
Mr. Tieman stated, “I was very pleased with the investigation conducted by the Portsmouth Police Department. Their responsiveness and thoroughness ensured that this verdict could be reached. I was also impressed with the demeanor and professionalism of the staff of the restaurant involved. They kept cool in a scary situation and provided law enforcement with key details that ultimately solved the case. The jury did a very thorough job of reviewing the evidence and I am thankful that we were able to bring justice for the victims in this matter.