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Inmate pleads guilty to intimidation

LISBON — A local incarcerated man pleaded guilty to intimidation for allegedly threatening someone who was scheduled to testify against him in a jury trial in December of 2018.

Keith Dishler, 24, who is currently at the Trumbull Correctional Institution, serving a two-year sentence for complicity to robbery and felonious assault, both second degree felonies.

On Friday, Dishler pleaded guilty to intimidation of an attorney, victim or witness in a criminal case. Assistant County Prosecutor Tammie Riley Jones said while his trial was pending for his other the previous two charges, Dishler used a social media messaging app or possibly a third person to intimidate someone against appearing in court against him.

The prior charges involved physically harming Joshua B. Petersen, an inmate at the county jail on April 17, 2018, so a group of inmates that included Dishler could steal his commissary money. Jones did not mention the name of the person, but only said Dishler then intimidated the victim from appearing.

Jones and Dishler’s defense attorney James Lanzo requested Judge Scott Washam sentence Dishler to nine months in prison, but with credit for nine months already served. Jones said he has been incarcerated for various charges since March 23, 2018.

Washam agreed with the recommendation as Dishler had requested immediate sentencing. He will be returned to Trumbull Correctional Institute where he has about another four months remaining on his sentence.

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