Man who admitted to robbery sentenced to 6 years in prison

Nicholas R. Goins (right) and his attorney, Alex Smith, stand before Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley during a sentencing hearing Wednesday morning.

A man who admitted he committed robbery at Circle K in Fostoria was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday morning.

In August, Nicholas R. Goins, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom.

Kelbley sentenced Goins to six years in prison, with credit for 133 days served, and ordered him to pay restitution of $66 to Circle K, 551 E. Lytle St., Fostoria.

Rebeka Beresh, assistant Seneca County prosecutor, said Goins entered Circle K with a gun during the early hours of Feb. 17 and demanded the store clerk give him money.

The clerk complied, and Goins took a pack of cigarettes and left the scene, she said.

The victim had a 9 mm handgun pointed directly at her and she suffered psychological harm, Beresh said.

Before sentencing, Goins apologized for his wrongful actions and said he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He said he was a sober man Wednesday.

His attorney, Alex Smith, said Goins had been “unbelievably” cooperative with everyone connected to the case. Goins needed to be rehabilitated and punished, he said.