Athens Man Gets Five Years For Burglary, Theft, Domestic Violence

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An Athens man was sentenced to prison for multiple cases, including felonious assault and receiving stolen property.

Michael L. Boivin, 54, pleaded guilty Friday in Athens County Common Pleas Court to three separate indictments, all from 2013. He was sentenced to a total of five years in prison, for which he is required to serve at least four years. He is eligible for judicial release after those four have been served but Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said he anticipates that Boivin will serve the entire five-year term.

“We need to make sure he has changed his ways,” Blackburn said.

Boivin was also sentenced to five years of community control upon release from prison.

In the first indictment, Boivin was charged with second-degree felony burglary, fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property, fourth-degree felony theft of drugs and fifth-degree felony theft. He was charged after he was accused of forcibly entering a residence on Washington Street in Athens and removing items, including pill bottles, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The second indictment charged Boivin with felonious assault after the victim, whom Boivin knew, said the man attacked her at the Highlander Motel. In that case, Boivin was also charged with misdemeanor first-degree domestic violence.

Felonious assault, as opposed to standard assault charges, are levied when the offender uses a deadly weapon in the commission of the assault and/or inflicts “serious physical harm,” according to Blackburn.

Boivin also pleaded guilty to a third indictment which charged him with two counts of receiving stolen property, each fifth-degree felonies. Boivin was found to be in possession of two stolen credit/debit cards, leading to the charges in that case.