Man pleads guilty to attempting to rob Gilkinson’s Drive Thru

LISBON – Joshua E. Martin, 22, Jackson, pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday to aggravated robbery for attempting to rob an East Liverpool drive-through with a large knife last August.

According to a police report, Martin attempted to rob the Gilkinson’s Drive Thru, Dresden Avenue, on Aug. 14, 2013. David Brown, who was working in the store, reported Martin came in that night dressed in all black, brandished a large knife and demanded money. Brown told Martin “No,” told him he was calling the police and then picked up a large rock to hold Martin at bay.

Martin then reportedly fled the store and East Liverpool police found him walking northbound on Trentvale Street. At the time, Martin reportedly claimed to be a 16-year-old with the name Roger Barker. At one point, police report Martin admitted, “I really did something stupid tonight,” and asked how much trouble he was in.

During Wednesday’s hearing before Judge C. Ashley Pike, Martin said he did not remember his actions the night of Aug. 14 and claimed alcohol may be causing his memory lapse. He did admit to remembering the other four counts he pleaded to during the same hearing, two counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of forgery.

Those charges involved two checks stolen on two separate dates in June and July from Stanton C. Brown, who was dating Martin’s mother at that time. The checks were taken to PNC Bank and forged. Assistant County Prosecutor Ryan Weikart said the checks were forged for $60 and $175.

Weikart plans to ask Pike to consider a four-year prison sentence for Martin, while defense attorney Jennifer Gorby indicated she will ask for a lesser sentence. A presentencing investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for April 28. Martin faces up to 15 years in prison.