Coshocton man gets 18 months in jail for breaching protection order

  • Kevin Hardy was charged in April with kidnapping, disrupting a public service and breaching a protective order. The first two counts were dropped by the state.
  • In January, Hardy pleaded guilty to a bill on another count of breaching a protective order.
  • Hardy’s attorney said the charge stemmed from a toxic relationship he was eventually done with.
  • Hardy was credited with 159 days of local incarceration and will serve up to two years on parole.

COSHOCTON — A Coshocton man was sentenced Tuesday in Coshocton County Common Pleas Court in two separate cases related to what his attorney called a toxic relationship.

Kevin L. Hardy, 25, was charged last April with kidnapping, felony 1, disruption of public services, felony 4, and breach of a protective order, a Fifth degree felony, of an incident from March 15 to March 16, 2021.

On January 28, Hardy pleaded guilty to breaching the protective order. The state agreed to waive the removal and utility disruption charges. He also pleaded guilty to a bill on another charge of breaching a protection order, a fifth-degree felony, beginning Oct. 1, 2021.

Hardy was sentenced to eight months in prison for the first violation of a protection order and 10 months for the second charge, to be served consecutively for a total of 18 months. He got 159 days credit for local incarceration. Hardy will serve up to two years as an optional post-release check.

Lawyer Marie Sieber said the protective order was about four years old and related to a domestic violence case pending in another court. She said her client was involved in a long and tumultuous relationship with the victim.

“It’s just a very toxic relationship and I believe at this point my client finally understands that this relationship is nothing but a chasm full of spikes,” Sieber said.

Sieber asked for an 11-month sentence, which means Hardy would still have six months after taking time into account. She also requested that he be served in the local jail.

Batchelor said that based on the fact that Hardy had a previous misdemeanor conviction for breach of a protection order and had a previous conviction for a violent felony, aggravated assault in 2019, he crafted a sentence that would be similar to a fourth degree felony charge. Batchelor also said protection orders are important for community protection.

“When it comes to protection orders, the government is casting a wide net to deal with a very serious social problem – issues of harassment and harassment that disrupt people’s lives and instill fear and to protect people who might be harmed. Because of the seriousness of this social issue, the court is concerned about your repeated violation of protective orders,” Batchelor said.

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