Final 2 sentences handed down in gun-point kidnapping of Clark County man

The final two defendants in a 2016 gun-point kidnapping and robbery of an elderly Clark County man were sentenced Friday in federal court.

About a month after James Marriott was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison — to be served after state sentences end from three area county courts — Andrew Azzalina and Taylor Karas found out their fate in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

Karas, 26, was sentenced to 3½ years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice. The judge said Karas has shown “insight and remorse” and will allow her to report in January 2019 so she can obtain an education certificate she is working toward.

Azzalina, 32, was sentenced to 4½ years in prison.

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In court documents and during Friday’s hearings, prosecutors noted Azzalina and Karas were much less responsible than Marriott.

“I regret everything I have done,” said Karas, who said she was under the influence of drugs and of other people. “I apologize to the victim,” who was the grandfather of her ex-boyfriend.

All three were indicted after Marriott, his girlfriend Karas and Azzalina lured a 79-year-old man to a Vandalia hotel in October 2016 with a plan to take his credit cards, cell phone and cash, according to federal prosecutors.

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When the elderly man didn’t produce enough case to satisfy the trio, they kidnapped him and took him in in his own vehicle to ATMs in western Ohio to try to get cash.

The trio ultimately used his credit cards to buy more than $1,000 in merchandise and left the man in eastern Indiana, stealing his vehicle in the process, according to prosecutors.

Marriott, 34, was sentenced in April to 9 years and 10 months in prison after his state sentences are finished.

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An Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction website said Marriott is being housed in a Lebanon facility and is due to be released in June 2019 after serving sentences for crimes in Montgomery, Greene and Clark counties.

Rice also ordered Marriott to enroll in a 500-hour drug treatment program, a mental health assessment and be enrolled in classes. The three defendants also need to pay combined restitution of $6,005.50.

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