Troy man sentenced to 17 months in prison for burglary


By Sam Wildow

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TROY — A Troy man was sentenced to serve 17 months in prison for fourth-degree felony burglary on Monday.

Robert M. Pellman, 22, entered a plea of guilty in February to the charge and was sentenced this week in Miami County Common Pleas Court. Pellman reportedly entered a residence by force and trespassed on the property on the 500 block of South Market Street in Troy on July 30, 2021. Pellman was also facing a rape charge connected to this incident, but that charge was dismissed without prejudice prior to Monday’s hearing.

Public defender Joe Fulker spoke on Pellman’s behalf, saying Pellman was suffering a mental health episode and a drug episode at the time of the incident. He said Pellman pushed a family member during the incident.

“He recognizes that he does have a problem,” Fulker said, explaining Pellman has dealt with addictions to methamphetamine and prescription pills.

“I understand that I have done wrong,” Pellman said, apologizing for his actions.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Paul Watkins said the state agreed to remain silent during sentencing as part of the state’s plea agreement with Pellman.

Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt went over Pellman’s criminal history, including a number of juvenile adjudications. As an adult, Pellman went to prison for gross sexual imposition and domestic violence, later being labeled as a tier I sex offender. He returned to prison after being sanctioned while on post release control for probation violations. Pellman remains under the supervision of the Adult Parole Authority under May 1, 2025 for those past charges.

Also as an adult, he faced previous charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, menacing, and assault. He also has 23 prison rule infractions on his record, Pratt said.

Pratt said Pellman was not eligible to receive community control for this charge due to his previous felony conviction. Pratt also said Pellman demonstrates a pattern of drug abuse and did not show genuine remorse for his actions. She added the victim suffered “serious psychological harm.”

“Your behavior in this matter is dangerous,” Pratt said, adding that Pellman was a “threat to the community.”

Pellman received a jail credit of 227 days, and he also received a fine of $2,500. Once he is released from prison, he faces up to two years of post release control in connection with this new conviction.

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