Findlay man sentenced for N. Baltimore gun theft

A Findlay man was sentenced to prison for the theft of a firearm.

Darius Gorman, 31, appeared Monday in the courtroom of Wood County Common Pleas Judge Molly Mack.

He had been accused of entering a pickup truck in the 100 block of Rhodes Avenue in North Baltimore in July, and removing a Taurus G2C .40 caliber pistol and two magazines without permission. The gun was recovered in Gorman’s apartment.

Gorman was indicted in September for petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor; grand theft when the property is a firearm or dangerous ordnance, a third-degree felony; and receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony.

He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor and receiving stolen property charges.

Defense attorney Sara Roller said her client was under community control in Erie County at the time of this offense.

Gorman has had a problem with alcohol for quite some time but sometimes also used marijuana, Adderall and other drugs, she said.

He admitted himself into the Findlay Recovery Center and was an inpatient before transferring to Legacy in Cincinnati. He was given a one-day pass for his court appearance, Roller said.

Gorman has been clean for 77 days as of Monday and is participating in AA meetings.

“He has done a lot of work on himself,” Roller said, asking for a sentence of community control.

Gorman said he had been battling this addiction since he was 17.

“I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said.

Mack said the community control was presumed for the felony offense but that can be overcome as the defendant was on community control when he committed the offense.

She sentenced Gorman to 17 months in Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She added 180 days in jail for the theft, to be served concurrently to the prison sentence.

The gun will be returned to the owner and Gorman will be given credit for time served.