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Man gets prison time for assaulting officer

Incident began as domestic violence call


Committing domestic violence and then punching the cop who comes to arrest you will get you prison time, a South Point man learned Wednesday.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Judge D. Scott Bowling sentenced Clifford Roberts, 36, of 1097 County Road 1, to 15 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of domestic violence, assault on a peace officer and disrupting a public service.

Bowling noted Roberts has prior convictions for domestic violence, making that charge a fourth-degree felony.

Roberts will also serve 200 hours of community service once he is released from prison.

Roberts’ attorney, Philip Heald, said he would ask for judicial release after his client had served 60 days of his prison sentence.

“I’m sorry for everything,” Roberts told Bowling just before he was sentenced.

Roberts was arrested March 28 after an incident involving a member of his household.

Also Wednesday, Christopher Lovins, 32, of 76 Private Drive 3, Chesapeake, pleaded guilty to one count of theft.

Bowling sentenced Lovins to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation (CCS/ISP) plus 200 hours of community service.

His attorney, John Kehoe, said Lovins has some disabilities that may limit what kinds of community service he can perform.

Lovins is accused of taking 10 fishing poles, a car battery, a Dr. Crankenstein amplifier, speakers and other items from a Lawrence County residence in August 2011.