Man caught in Save-A-Lot robbery sent to prison

By Ashley Bunton -

A 48-year-old man was ordered to spend a year in prison Monday for stealing packages of meat from Save-A-Lot.

A store manager at Save-A-Lot, 1151 Columbus Ave., called the Washington Court House Police Department Aug. 11 with information that a man had just stolen steaks.

Randy D. Nichols, Jr., left the store Aug. 11 with four rib-eyes and one top sirloin steak without paying. The manager of the store attempted to confront Nichols and gave chase. According to records, Nichols turned around during the chase and threatened the manager by saying he was going to “kick your [expletive]” for chasing.

Nichols was found by police hiding beneath a parked car and was arrested for the robbery.

The Washington Court House man plead guilty to robbery, a low-tier felony of the third degree, during his hearing Monday.

Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven Beathard said during open court that the one-year prison sentence is a punishment comparable to what has been ordered in similar cases.

Nichols served a prior prison sentence, records show, and was released from the Pickaway Correctional Institution in 2015 after serving a year-and-a-half for illegal conveyance of drugs or prohibited items onto the ground of a detention facility or institution.

Nichols was credited with 38 days of local time already served in the Fayette County Jail.

Judge Beathard told Nichols that he is eligible to earn one to five days of good time credit while imprisoned but is not eligible for transitional control or early release.

Once he is released from prison, Nichols will be supervised by the Ohio Adult Parole Authority for a mandatory period of three years.

By Ashley Bunton

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