Gallia woman gets 18 months for robbery

GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County woman will spend the next 18 months of her life in prison after she pleaded guilty to a December robbery.

Natasha Hammack, 37, recently pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree robbery and was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison for stealing a wallet from a Gallipolis resident.

According to Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins, on Dec. 4, 2014, Hammack visited an acquaintance in Gallipolis. She reportedly knocked on the door and pushed her way past a handicapped resident of the home, claiming that she wanted to “get warm for a few minutes.” While inside, Adkins said Hammack waited until the resident turned his back before pushing him to the floor, grabbing his wallet and fleeing the scene.

“(Hammack) stole the only cash that the victim had in his wallet, a total of $40,” Adkins said. “The victim was eventually able to return to his feet and walked down the street to call 911 for help.”

The victim, according to Gallia County Assistant Prosecutor Eric Mulford, later selected Hammack from a photo lineup conducted by Gallipolis police. Hammack was then arrested and charged with robbery. In January, she indicted by the Gallia County Grand Jury.

“(Hammack) was known to law enforcement as she was currently on community control with the Gallia County Common Pleas Court while she committed this robbery.” Mulford said.

In addition to the 18-month prison sentence, Hammack also had her community control revoked and was ordered to pay court costs incurred during her prosecution.

Assistant Prosecutor Britt Wiseman said Hammack took advantage of the particular situation because the resident of the home was handicapped and had trouble “getting around” in his own home.

“(Hammack) knew that the victim was vulnerable and exploited his disability and took advantage of the situation,” he said. “In exchange for the $40 in cash that was stolen, (Hammack) now has 18 months to think about her actions in a state penal facility.”

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