A lost document has had a huge impact in a local murder case.
Former Bellefontaine resident Michael Robinson, 53, accepted a plea deal before Assigned Judge Mark O'Connor in Logan County Common Pleas Court Wednesday morning.
Robinson pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter stemming from the death of his son, Dana.
Per the plea agreement, Robinson will serve another 11 years in prison. He will be sentenced on May 30th.
Robinson is scheduled to be released from prison in 2028. He will then be placed on post release control.
In 2008, Michael was sentenced to 14 years in prison for felonious assault, child endangering, and domestic violence.
Robinson pleaded guilty to those charges on January 11, 2008.
The transcript from that hearing has been lost.
It's believed that the transcript allowed Robinson to be charged with murder if his son died from injuries caused during the assault.
The court reporter has been unable to find that document, which may have been lost when the court moved after the 2012 windstorm.
Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart reluctantly agreed to the plea deal today.
He said the document was vital in moving forward with the case.
Stewart said his “hands were tied” without the transcript.
On February 26th, 2007, Robinson severely beat Dana at their city home.
The 11-month-old boy was not breathing.
Michael called 911 and said his son had fallen.
Dana had been repeatedly abused.
He was hospitalized for several days and spent an extended period of time at a specialized treatment center in northern Ohio.
Eventually, Dan and Mary Robinson were granted custody.
Dana lived in their Quincy home for several years.
Last November, Robinson was indicted on one count of murder stemming from his son's death.
On November 13th, 2015, Dana, 9, died at his house in Quincy.
The Logan County Coroner's Office investigated the cause of death.
An autopsy was performed at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
Dana died from remote brain trauma and global anoxia, which is caused by the lack of oxygen to the brain for four minutes or more.
In April 2014, Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark O'Connor denied Robinson's request for early release.
Robinson was scheduled to be released in January 2021.
Dan and Michael are cousins.