Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eleventh District, Portage
Criminal Appeal from the Portage County Court of Common
Pleas. Case No. 2016 CR 00395.
V. Vigluicci, Portage County Prosecutor, and Pamela J.
Holder, Assistant Prosecutor, 241 South Chestnut Street,
Ravenna, OH 44266 (For Plaintiff-Appellee).
Fehr, Portage County Public Defender's Office, 209 South
Chestnut Street, Suite 400, Ravenna, OH 44266 (For
TIMOTHY P. CANNON, J.
Appellant, William G. Blas, appeals from the May 22, 2017
restitution order of the Portage County Court of Common
Pleas. For the following reasons, the trial court's order
is reversed, and the case is remanded.
On June 10, 2016, appellant was involved in an incident
resulting in his striking with his car the digital sign in
front of Ravenna High School, damaging the sign and
As a result of that incident, appellant was indicted by the
Portage County Grand Jury on three counts of Felonious
Assault, second-degree felonies in violation of R.C.
2903.11(A)(2) (Counts 1-3), and one count of Vandalism, a
fifth-degree felony in violation of R.C. 2909.05(B)(2) (Count
4). Appellant initially entered a plea of not guilty to the
He later entered into a written plea agreement with appellee,
the state of Ohio. The plea agreement states appellant is
pleading guilty to "Amended Counts 1 & 2 * * * each
a charge of 'Endangering Children,' a misdemeanor of
the 1st degree * * * [and] Count #4 Vandalism, a felony of
the 5th degree in violation of ORC 2909.05(B)(2)." At
appellant's plea hearing, the following exchange took
The Court: All right. Then regarding counts
one and two * * * I will grant the State's motion to
amend those two charges, count one and two, to endangering
children, misdemeanors of the first degree.
As amended, how do you plea to both of those counts?
The Court: And count four, which is
vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree, how do you plea?
trial court accepted the guilty plea and ordered a
Pre-Sentence Investigation ("PSI").
The September 7, 2016 judgment entry from the plea hearing
states that appellant entered a written plea of guilty to
"Amended Counts One and Two * * * and Count Four,
Vandalism,' a felony of the fourth degree, ...