NR man sentenced to 9 years

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Robert L. Norville III (right) reads a statement to Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley as he sits next to his attorney, Alex Treece, Wednesday afternoon.

A New Riegel man was sentenced to nine years in prison during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

In June, Robert L. Norville III, 20, pleaded guilty to a charge of bribery, a third-degree felony.

He was accused of offering or giving a witness or another person an item or benefit with the purpose to corrupt the witness or improperly influence the witness in his testimony in an official proceeding, according to his indictment.

Charges of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; felonious assault, a second-degree felony; and assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, had been dismissed.

Norville also admitted he violated his community control in two previous cases.

In 2017, he had pleaded guilty to charges of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; complicity to arson and grand theft, fourth-degree felonies; receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony; and criminal damaging, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Norville had been charged after a barn on CR 10 near New Riegel was destroyed by a fire and several vandalism incidents were reported.

Kelbley sentenced Norville to nine years in prison, with credit for time he has served, Wednesday.

Rebeka Beresh, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, said Norville devised a plan to have his family members, including one younger than 13, and other friends bribe the victim.

“Clearly, the defendant has no respect for the justice system,” she said.

Before sentencing, Norville address Kelbley and said he was charged wrongfully for an incident Nov. 14, and without being wrongfully charged, the bribery never would have happened.

He said he sat in the county jail on charges for a crime he didn’t commit and had to watch another man raise his daughter. He asked Kelbley to help him get his life back.

After being sentenced, Norville requested an attorney be appointed for appeal purposes.