Man gets 12 years for Painesville Twp. bur­glary

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Front Page - By An­drew Cass acass@news-her­ @An­drewCassNH on Twit­ter

A Bed­ford man has been sen­tenced for his role in Painesville Town­ship bur­glary and rob­bery.

Jef­frey Bynes, 41, pleaded guilty to and was sen­tenced Nov. 8 on first-de­gree felony ag­gra­vated bur­glary (with a three-year manda­tory prison sen­tence for a firearm spec­i­fi­ca­tion) and sec­ond­de­gree felony rob­bery.

Lake County Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Richard L. Collins sen­tenced him to 12 years in prison.

Ac­cord­ing to the Lake County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Bynes and an­other man en­tered the vic­tim’s Painesville Town­ship res­i­dence at about 4:50 a.m., July 6. One of the men pointed a gun at the vic­tim. The vic­tim be­lieve the trig­ger was pulled be­cause he heard a click from the gun.

The vic­tim also told the Sher­iff’s Of­fice the gun was

phys­i­cally placed on his head and around the same time one of the men cov­ered the vic­tim’s head with a blan­ket that was taken from his bed. The blan­ket was held over his face and one of the men struck him. The vic­tim said the gun was then placed on his ribcage and his wal­let was stolen from his pants.

Two more wal­lets were stolen, to­tal­ing about $800 in cash, along with a gold nugget ring, a cell phone and an Ap­ple lap­top.

Bynes said he orig­i­nally en­tered the vic­tim’s home to get back his lap­top. Lind­sey Medina, who was ar­rested along with Bynes on July 8 had pre­vi­ously sold a lap­top to the vic­tim.

Bynes said it wasn’t the orig­i­nal in­ten­tion to rob the vic­tim. He also de­nied that the gun was ever pointed at the vic­tim or placed on the vic­tim’s head or ribs. He said his gun was on his hip.

This is the sec­ond time that Bynes has been sen­tenced by Collins this year. He is cur­rently serv­ing 33 months on un­re­lated charges, in­clud­ing two counts of heroin traf­fick­ing.

His 12-year sen­tence runs con­sec­u­tive to those ear­lier charges.

“I would like to apol­o­gize to the vic­tim and the court for my ac­tions,” Bynes said. “I was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs. Drugs have re­ally ru­ined my life.”

Medina, a Madi­son Town­ship res­i­dent, pleaded guilty last month to sec­ond-de­gree felony com­plic­ity to bur­glary. She is be­ing sen­tenced Nov. 28.

Man­son Bryant, a Painesville res­i­dent, is the other man the Sher­iff’s Of­fice be­lieves was with Bynes dur­ing the in­ci­dent. He is cur­rently await­ing a jury trial.

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