- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - A judge has sentenced an Ohio man to five years in prison for impersonating a state trooper during a robbery.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (https://bit.ly/1IhMLh8 ) a Medina County judge handed down 32-year-old Jesse Hodges’ sentence Monday. Hodges was convicted of robbery, kidnapping and impersonating a police officer.

Hodges and 25-year-old Christina Paine went to a car wash in May 2014 to scare someone who harassed Paine. Prosecutors say Hodges dressed as a state trooper, but confronted the wrong man.

Authorities say he brandished a pellet gun and searched the man’s car. After finding a gun, prosecutors say he forced the man to pay a $50 fine.

His attorney says Hodges plans to appeal the verdict.

Paine pleaded guilty in the case and was sentenced to three years in prison.

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Information from: Northeast Ohio Media Group, https://www.cleveland.com

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