Cheshire man pleads innocent to aggravated robbery

By Sarah Hawley -

POMEROY — A Cheshire man already serving a prison sentence through Gallia County has pleaded innocent to charges in Meigs County.

Brandon L. Stewart, 21, is charged in Meigs County Common Pleas Court with one count each of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; felonious assault, a second-degree felony; and resisting arrest, a fourth-degree felony.

The charges against Stewart stem from an Aug. 3 incident in the Leading Creek Road area of Meigs County.

According to previous Sentinel reports, the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office was attempting to locate Stewart on felony warrants from Gallia County, as well as a grand theft charge in Meigs County.

As a press release was sent out asking for the public’s assistance in locating Stewart, an emergency call indicated that a man was at Drehel’s Small Engines on Leading Creek Road allegedly demanding money while in possession of a firearm. The individual was later identified as Stewart.

Stewart reportedly attempted to escape, pointing a handgun at law enforcement. A shot was fired by a deputy, but did not strike Stewart. He was then taken into custody.

Statements taken from employees at the mower shop indicated Stewart had allegedly fired a shot while at the shop.

Stewart was indicted in connection with the incident on Aug. 17, but did not appear on the charges at that time.

Stewart is currently serving a nine-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to a single count of breaking and entering in Gallia County Common Pleas Court. He was sentenced Aug. 18 and transported to prison.

According to previous Tribune reports, in the Gallia County case, Stewart reportedly sold stolen property to another person soon after breaking into a garage on Morgan Center Road in Bidwell. Several items that were stolen were recovered and returned to the victim. Other items were not recovered and some items were damaged.

As he is currently incarcerated, bond in the Meigs County case was set at a release on recognizance with a pretrial hearing scheduled for Nov. 16.

By Sarah Hawley