UPDATE: Sentenced For Burglary And Attempted Murder

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

UPDATE: 2/04/2013 02:44 PM

A Coolville man was sentenced Monday in his part of beating up an elderly woman and burglarizing her home.

Colin Stout was sentenced 15 years in jail for 14 charges including burglary, attempted murder, and felonious assault.

His accomplices in the crimes, Christopher Flemming and Cody Stout were previously sentenced to nine years and nine months in jail.
Flemming and Cody Stout drove the other suspects to the home. The fourth suspect, Brandon Baker is also accused of entering the home. His trial is later this month.

Athens County Prosecutor, Keller Blackburn says he will oppose any attempts for early release for Colin Stout.

Colin Stout is accused breaking into Ota Vincents home in Athens County in January of 2012.

Police say she was stabbed in the neck and shoulders and spent months in the hospital.

Stout also stole items from her home.

UPDATE: 12/19/12

Christopher Fleming, one of the men involved in the beating and stabbing of an elderly Coolville woman, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 9 years and 9 months in prison.

Guilty of aggravated robbery.

An Athens County man changes his plea.

Christopher Fleming pleaded guilty Tuesday to a list of charges including aggravated burglary, felonious assault and kidnapping.

An attempted murder charge was dismissed in the deal.

The Athens County Prosecutor says in January, Fleming drove three other men to an elderly Coolville woman's home.

Authorities tell us two of the men beat the woman, stabbed her in the neck and stole things from her home.

Fleming will spend nine years and nine months in prison.

UPDATE: 11/27/12

He played a role in the beating and stabbing of an elderly Coolville woman.

Now Cody Stout is heading to jail.

In January 2012, 81-year old Ota Vincent was attacked inside her home.

She had to undergo months of rehabilitation.

Then, in September 2012, Deputies arrested Cody Stout along with Colin Stout, Christopher Fleming and Brandon Baker.

Tuesday, Cody pleaded guilty to 13 of his 14 charges including aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felonious assault.

The court dismissed an attempted murder charge.

The Athens County Prosecutor says Cody admitted to being at the victim's home, but says he never went inside.

The judge sentenced him to nine years and nine months in prison.

Stout also agreed to testify against the three other men and to never have contact with the victim.

The three other suspects' trials were moved to early next year.

UPDATE: 9/25/12 6:05 PM

Breaking news out of Athens County Tuesday night.

Sheriff Patrick Kelly confirms four men are in custody in connection to the January 23rd stabbing of 81-year-old Ota Vincent.

Two of the suspects were arrested in Belpre.

Burglars broke into her Coolville home, stabbed her, and left her for dead.

Sheriff Kelly says deputies are currently interviewing the suspects, but no official charges have been filed.

We'll have more on this story as information becomes available. Stay tuned to WTAP for all the latest.

Stab victim Ota Vincent remains stable at a Columbus, OH hospital where she is again able to speak after being brutally attacked Monday night.

Sheriff Pat Kelly believes money was the motive and has a person of interest, though no arrests have yet been made. The attackers got away with Vincent's purse which was said to contain about $300.


Authorities have identified the victim as Ota Vincent, 81, of Coolville. She remains in stable but serious condition in Columbus.


The elderly victim in Tuesday's home invasion has been taken by helicopter to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, due to her stab wounds.

She remains in stable condition.

Authorities are continuing to withhold her name at this time.

The Athens Co. Sheriff's Office believes robbery and theft of drugs is the motive.


An 80 year old Coolville woman, who was beaten and stabbed and then left for dead, is now recovering in a Parkersburg hospital.

The Athens County Sheriff's office is investigating the home invasion that happened Monday night.

The woman, who's name is being withheld due to the investigation, called 911 around noon Tuesday and told dispatchers that someone entered her home and then beat and stabbed her Monday night.

She says she cannot remember much of anything, except for a light being shined in her face.

Sheriff Pat Kelly says that he believes the woman was unconscious through the night. She was found with cuts to her face and stab wounds to her chest.

Sheriff Kelly believes robbery is the motive for the crime.

The victim was taken to the St. Joseph's Campus of Camden Clark Medical Center.

We have a reporter in the scene and will have more information as it becomes available.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:29 PM
    There is not a punishment severe enough for this individual. I hope he tries this again at a house that has a barrel ready to meet him upon entry.
  • by VietEraVet Location: Marietta on Jan 26, 2012 at 07:46 AM
    You/we created a media manhunt, posted rewards, for the fellows who broke into and took the weapons, this guy needs the same or more media attention. You/we should make him very afraid. AFRAID enough he will turn himself in, "for his own protection," I'll donate, to keep my parents, childern and grandchildren safe.
  • by Alex Location: Two-Mile on Jan 26, 2012 at 01:47 AM
    I pray for this lady a full and speedy recovery. Sheriff Kelley, once the suspect(s) are caught I hope you turn them loose to us for an open hunting season.... w/no weapons allowed.
  • by Location: cutler on Jan 25, 2012 at 07:04 PM
    sending you love and prayers ma'am.
  • by Not Coolville on Jan 25, 2012 at 06:49 PM
    This is my neighbor and we do not live in the Village of Coolville, so please don't bash the Coolville Police. We are under the jurisdiction of the Athens Co. Sheriff out here. This was horrible and senseless, but trashing the town and its residents gains nothing. Yes we're more cautious, but let the ACSD do their job without our criticism and maybe we can keep this from happening in SW Athens Co. again.
  • by scotty Location: belpre on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:31 PM
    I know the lady and it wasn't in the village of coolville it was out in the country 4 miles away personally i think whoever did this should have their skin torn off in strips slowly
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM
    It takes a big coward to attack an 80 yr old lady. I hope she has a speedy recovery. As for criticizing the Coolville Police Dept., people should save their criticism for the Athens Co. Sheriffs Dept. when they were notified of a recent vandalism & robbery their response was "It's not an emergency, call the Coolville Police.". We recently had a break-in & the Coolville Police Dept. have been wonderful. They keep us informed of their investigation & are trying to locate our stolen property. A year ago, when we called the ACSD for a break-in, they took pictures & told us that's basically all they can do. The Coolville Village only pay these officers to work a few hours per week so they cannot be here 24/7. I would like to thank the officers of the Coolville Police Dept. for all they have done for us.
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      by Coolville Lifer on Jan 26, 2012 at 06:32 AM in reply to Anonymous
      I had a similar experience with the Athens police also. My vehicle was broken into and they took, amoung other tings, my wallet. When I called Athens, they told me they would contact Coolville the following day. That didnt happen. We had to take the issue into our own hands. Had the Athens police did what they said they were going to do we would have known that my debit card was being used at the local bank, where the card was "kept" in the ATM becuase the thief didnt have my password and tried it too many times. We could have gotten finger prints from the card. But, again, since Athens finest didnt do their job it was instead destroyed. We had better success with the Coolville police. They at least asked questions, tried to find who did it and kept us informed. THANK YOU COOLVILLE POLICE!
  • by Bruce Location: Five Points on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:39 AM
    Whoever did this should be stripped naked and bullwhipped through the streets! If they live through it,then hang them!
  • by Luke Location: Caldwell,OH on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:14 AM
    For those of you who claim to live next door to the victim or have some type of affiliation, why don't you disclose more information to us? We would all like to know. My thoughts and prayers are with her. May she have an expeditious recover.
  • by Coolville Lifer on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:05 AM
    Come on guys. I am horrified by what happened to this poor defenseless lady. I am angered and trust me, my gun is loaded, but I wouldnt need all of the bullets if he comes to my house. BUT, stop with the negative comments about Coolville in general. Its NOT full of drugs and its not full of drug users. It has its share, just like any place else, but its not full of it. It is still a pretty safe place. I will bet that when (hopefully) they find this thug he will not be from Coolville. If you think Coolville a bad place, then move to Parsons Ave in Columbus, or to Parkersburg, or to Zanesville... tell me how bad Coolville is then. I hope this lady has a speedy recovery and can overcome this violation. I also hope she gets justification!! But please, lay off of Coolville.
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