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Man sentenced in Martins Ferry toy store robbery

Johnnie Carroll, the man who robbed a Martins Ferry toy store last year, received the maximum sentence in court on Monday as the judge sent a message to thieves everywhere.

Johnnie Carroll, the man who robbed a Martins Ferry toy store last year, received the maximum sentence in court on Monday as the judge sent a message to thieves everywhere.

Carroll will spend 3 years behind bars. He expressed brief remorse but it didn't win him any favors with Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato.

Carroll injured the clerk at Deluxe Toy & Hobby during the robbery.

"The suspect turned and elbowed her in the face. Mrs. Yesso and the suspect then fell to the ground face first where she hit the ground and landed on her chin," Fregiato explained.

"He hit her with the side of his fist in her face."

Carroll offered a concise apology.

"I'm truly sorry for my actions and I'm sorry to the victim," Carroll said.

"Who in the hell do you think you are to go interrupt people's lives like this?" Fregiato asked.

Fregiato handed down a stiff sentence -- and a message.

"This court needs to send a message to all thieves. I sentence the defendant to the maximum of 36 months in the penitentiary," Fregiato said.

Restitution to the victim of more than $1,000 was ordered.

"If it's not paid within 5 days of today's date, it will serve as a judgment against this defendant for that sum," Fregiato said.

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