O’Connor denies Robinson’s early release



A man who tortured and beat his 11-month-old son into a coma seven years ago will not get out of prison early.

Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor ruled today that Michael B. Robinson, 50, should serve out his 14-year sentence.

The defendant pleaded guilty in 2007 to felonious assault, child endangering and domestic violence. He admitted to nearly beating to death his son, Dana, who was unresponsive and blue when emergency personnel arrived on the scene in  February 2007.

Dana, now 8, sustained severe brain damage and is confined to a wheelchair, unable to talk or swallow and breathe normally.

He has undergone numerous medical procedures and repeated hospital stays over the years.

In his ruling, the judge noted the defendant has completed five programs, but did not finish four others. The convict also has had 21 rules infractions while in prison.

“In the court’s experience, this is a very high number,” Judge O’Connor wrote.

As he considered the case, Judge O’Connor could not find factors that lowered the defendant’s proclivity to reoffend nor factors that reduce the seriousness of the crime.

When the defendant was originally sentenced, state law did not permit early release for sentences greater than 10 years. An amendment in 2011 opened the door for the defendant to seek judicial release.

That amendment, Judge O’Connor wrote, “didn’t change the tragic facts of this case. Accordingly, the Court finds that the motion for judicial release is not well taken ... hereby is denied.”

The Logan County Prosecutor’s Office said it believes the court made the right decision.

The defendant is currently imprisoned at the Lima Correctional Facility. His scheduled release date is Jan. 26, 2021.