Athens Man Gets 4.5 Years In Prison For Theft, Domestic Violence

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Jason A. Simms, 39, of Athens is headed to prison for 4.5 years for thefts and domestic violence felonies.

Simms pleaded guilty to a previous indictment of theft from an elderly person and failure to appear and recently entered guilty pleas to grand theft and domestic violence.

In addition to his prison sentence, Simms will have five years of community control after his release and was ordered to pay over $19,000 in restitution by Athens County Common Pleas Judge L. Alan Goldsberry.

Initially, Sims was charged in 2011 with contracting to provide services for an elderly person but failed to deliver on those services and also failed to appear for his court pre-trial hearing in 2012, according to Athens County Prosecutor Keller J. Blackburn.

In a period from October 2012 through January 2013, Simms also borrowed over $19,000 from an individual upon the promise that Simms would be receiving a large sum of money to pay back the debt. No such sum existed and the debt was never repaid.

Finally, in January 2013, Simms struck his girlfriend and was charged with domestic violence. He had previously been convicted of domestic violence in 2010. Since was his second domestic violence offense, it became a felony.