Eyster said Smithhisler’s sentence is “an illustration of what is wrong with mandatory sentencing.”

MOUNT VERNON — A Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge said Friday that a mandatory three years in prison for a Mount Vernon man was out of proportion to the crime.

Michael R. Smithhisler, 28, was sentenced to three years in prison on one count of failure to provide change of address by Common Pleas Judge Otho Eyster. The three years in prison is the state mandatory minimum for the charge, a third-degree felony.

In mandatory sentencing, a judge can give the offender no less than the stated minimum.


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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