by Dave O’Brian | Staff Writer
A Hudson man will spend the next six years in prison for an August 2011 gunpoint robbery at a Streetsboro convenience store.
Jason W. Douglas, 25, of Hudson Aurora Road, was sentenced Oct. 29 by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman. He pleaded guilty April 2 to aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, with a firearms specification that adds three mandatory years in prison to the sentence.
Pittman gave Douglas those three years, plus another three on the robbery charge, and fined him $300.
His prison term will be shortened, however, as by law he must be credited with the 433 days he spent in the Portage County jail awaiting trial.
Streetsboro police said Douglas entered the Circle K store at state Route 43 and Frost Road just before 6 p.m. Aug. 5, 2011, showed a gun to the clerk and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The clerk was not injured.
Police in Cuyahoga Falls and Wadsworth were, at the time, investigating similar robberies at convenience stores in their cities.
Douglas was a suspect in an Aug. 5, 2011, robbery at the Marathon gas station at Second Street and Broad Boulevard in Cuyahoga Falls, and the Aug. 14, 2011, robbery at a Circle K gas station on High Street in Wadsworth in which $92 was taken at gunpoint.
Following a three-county manhunt, Streetsboro police and members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Douglas at his Hudson residence on Aug. 22, 2011.
Along with federal marshals, the FBI assisted local police in the case by enhancing surveillance footage of the robbery to help identify Douglas, Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said at the time of Douglas’ arrest.
The disposition of the other robbery cases could not be determined in Summit or Medina county court records.
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