A former Masury man has been sentenced to 4 years in jail stemming from a shooting of a neighbor’s home in Brookfield, and his brother was sentenced to 5 years’ probation related to the same investigation.
Michael A. Robinson, 43, of 1312 Bedford Road, pleaded guilty Jan. 25 to charges of attempting to improperly discharge a firearm into a habitation and having weapons while under disability, both felonies.
Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew Logan sentenced Robinson March 9 to 3 years in prison on the attempt charge and 1 year on the weapons charge, and ran them consecutively. Robinson received credit for the 4 months he had spent in jail awaiting resolution of the case.
Robinson is not allowed to possess a firearm because of a 2006 drug conviction, according to his plea document.
Michael Robinson’s brother, Ralph Robinson Sr., 48, of the same address, pleaded guilty March 2 to having weapons under disability. He is not allowed to possess firearms because of a 2009 aggravated assault conviction, according to his plea document. Judge W. Wyatt McKay handed down the sentence May 25.
Police were called Nov. 8 with a report of shots fired and learned that an upstairs window of 1315 Bedford had been shot out.
There were pellet holes in the siding and trim around the upstairs window, police said. A projectile cut through three walls of the home, and bounced off a kitchen cabinet onto the floor, where it was retrieved, police said.
A shotgun shell was found on the grass by the front door of 1312 Bedford, and a wad from a shotgun shell was found in the yard of 1315 Bedford, police said.
Michael Robinson gave conflicting statements as to where he had been and whether he had fired any shots, police said. A gunshot residue test on Michael Robinson’s hands was positive, police said.
Police said they talked to Ralph Robinson and he denied knowledge of anything having happened. During this conversation, police noticed a .22-caliber rifle in the corner of the living room. Knowing that both Robinsons are not allowed to possess firearms, police seized the rifle and two shotguns.
Logan ordered that the three guns police seized be forfeited to the Brookfield Police Department.