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Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 28 October 2013 10:11
James Scott Newman (left) is seen with attoney J. Scott Hicks (right) at the defendant's stand October 25, 2013 in the courtroom of Judge Alan Mayberry. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
A Michigan man who was shot during a burglary incident in Perrysburg Township earlier this year will serve eight years in prison for his crimes.
James Scott Newman, 39, of Grand Rapids, Mich., appeared in the court of Wood County Judge Alan Mayberry on Friday.
The sentence stems from a Jan. 29 incident in which Newman was observed by a Perrysburg Township police officer to be running from behind a residence and into a woods near Bayer and Thompson roads while the officer was on burglary patrol. A suspicious vehicle in the area prompted the officer's search.
Officers from the Perrysburg city and Rossford departments were called in, and Newman eventually left the woods. He was shot in the ankle during the incident by a Perrysburg city officer, and hospitalized for several days at Toledo Hospital following the incident.
Newman pleaded guilty in August to two counts of burglary, two counts of disrupting public services, two counts of identity theft, and one count each of safe-cracking, possessing criminal tools, obstructing official business and tampering with evidence in the incident.
Mayberry sentenced Newman to four years on each of the two burglary charges, and then to 11 months on each of the other counts, save one, for which he was given 12 months. Those additional counts will be served concurrently to the eight years for the burglary charges.
"We believe it's a fair sentence and the prosecutor and I are in agreement," said Newman's lawyer, J. Scott Hicks, early in the proceeding.
Hicks indicated that Newman's motive in the incident "was purely economic. There was no intent of hurting anyone."
"He was trying to provide for his family and make house payments," Hicks added later.
"He engaged in a desperate act, and part of that was getting shot."
Newman, who has a lengthy criminal history in his native Michigan, rose to speak on his own behalf in court. At times appearing to fight back tears, he acknowledged the damage done to his victims.
"I violated their homes, which is a big thing that weighs on me. I deserve to be punished. I accept the punishment that I receive today. I guess a man's life can come to a point where you hit rock bottom.
"On Jan. 29, I was at my bottom," he continued.
Newman stated he was sorry for what he'd done to the victims, and to his own family "because my boys will grow up without me."
Mayberry, prior to imposing sentence, noted that he, too, had sons, but that he would never have undertaken such an act. He indicated that Newman had been making $45,000 annually before the incident.
"I don't understand. Was there a drug habit? A gambling habit?"
"I just misused the funds," said Newman. "Before I knew it I had a big snowball chasing me."
The circumstances under which Newman was shot during the incident have never been fully made public, but Mayberry indicated that Newman had refused to raise his hands when ordered to by officers, and that led to his being shot in the ankle.
"Officers aren't trained to shoot extremities," said Mayberry, adding "You're fortunate to be here."
In addition to his years in prison, Newman must also pay a total of $1,914.11 in restitution, as well as court costs.

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