Hoping the third time would be the last, victims of three German Village-area home invasions relived their pain in court yesterday.
Former Marine John Maransky described being hog-tied naked in his own basement and taunted with a weapon.
"Itís been 16 months, and itís still hard to talk about," he said, choking back emotion.
Behind a wall of deputies, Melanie Pinkerton buried her head in her hands, crying and shaking.
"I want to make it clear," she said. "It was not about the stuff. Nobody once asked what the life sentence of the victims would be."
Cynthia Green cried as she hugged Maransky.
"Not a day goes by when I donít have a flashback," Green told Judge Julie M. Lynch. "Iím sentenced to this reminder for the rest of my life."
The Franklin County Common Pleas courtroom was divided down the middle, with grieving robbery victims on one side and family members sympathetic only to defendant Louis D. Hairston on the other.
"He should have killed the b!%#$@s," one of Hairstonís relatives muttered as she left the courtroom in disgust after he was sentenced. "Love ya, Lou."
Hairston, 20, was the last of three men to be sentenced for the 2005 robberies. Lynch sent him to prison for 39 years.
Though he pleaded guilty to seven felonies in November, Hairston tried to withdraw his pleas yesterday. Lynch denied his request.
He later turned to the victims and apologized.
Defense attorney Stanlee E. Culbreath said he hoped for mercy because Hairston is so young. He came from a broken home and lived in five group homes as a youngster with epilepsy and a learning disability. As a teen, he scraped by with low-paying jobs and blood donations for cash, Culbreath said.
"I see this a lot on the streets, not just in the African-American community but also with the poor," he said. "I just wanted the victims and the community to know that."
But Lynch had the final say. She said she learned that Hairston chose which victims to attack.
"This is not the systemís fault," she said. "This is the fault of one young man. In my courtroom, you pay for each crime you commit."
Lynch levied sentences totaling 201 years against the three Hairstons involved in the robberies: 39 for Louis, 134 for his half brother Marquis and 28 for cousin Jovaughny.
In addition, all three were sentenced to prison for a similar robbery and shooting in Portsmouth in southern Ohio: 31 years for Louis, 59 for Marquis and 41 for Jovaughny.
The sentences are consecutive.
Though Marquis Hairston appealed his 134-year sentence as cruel and unusual punishment, the Franklin County Court of Appeals ruled last week that Lynch was within her discretion to give him the maximum sentence.