The scars on his torso are a constant reminder of the armed robbery in which Chuck Blevins was shot last year. Blevins, who has a concealed-carry permit, responded by drawing his gun and returning fire, wounding both of the men who were robbing him on a Near East Side street corner.
The scars on his torso are a constant reminder of the armed robbery in which Chuck Blevins was shot last year.
Blevins, who has a concealed-carry permit, responded by drawing his gun and returning fire, wounding both of the men who were robbing him on a Near East Side street corner.
He lifted his shirt yesterday in a Franklin County courtroom to show a judge the entrance wound, the exit wound and the scars from the surgeries he endured. Surgeons repaired his stomach and removed part of his upper colon where the bullet tore through, he said.
Blevins, 41, can’t eat much now without getting sick, he told the judge, and he has problems going to the bathroom. He continues to work in auto repair, his occupation of 20 years, but lacks the strength to lift tires or other heavy objects.
“I never had serious physical problems before, but now I do, and I probably will for the rest of my life,” he said.
Common Pleas Judge Pat Sheeran sentenced each of the robbers, Devante L. Michael, 19, and Alexander C. Pinkston, 22, to 20 years in prison — two years short of the maximum. Both men pleaded guilty in March to aggravated robbery and felonious assault with gun specifications.
Blevins said the two seemed to be stalking him as he walked to a convenience store on E. Main Street about midnight on Oct. 14. At Wilson Avenue, Michael stepped in front of him, placed a gun to his midsection and said, “Give me everything you’ve got. This is the real deal.”
When Blevins hesitated, the gunman fired one shot that entered just below Blevins’ left rib cage and exited from his right side. Blevins immediately pulled a handgun from a shoulder holster under his zippered sweat shirt, shot Michael, and spun around and shot Pinkston, who was approaching from behind.
Blevins said he fired 16 rounds and hit Michael and Pinkston multiple times. Both were captured after they fled and sought help — one from a cabdriver, and one at a nearby police substation. They were hospitalized, but neither suffered permanent injuries.
Assistant Prosecutor John Litle said both had been carrying guns. Tests determined that the handgun found at the scene was not the one used to shoot Blevins.
Pinkston, of Burstock Road, and Michael, of Fairwood Avenue, both on the South Side, apologized in court.
Pinkston told the judge that he didn’t have a gun.
“Even if I accept your story,” Sheeran said, “you are as responsible for what happened as (Michael) is.”
Blevins said that in addition to his injuries, he’s left with $181,000 in medical bills and is months behind in paying other bills. The judge ordered Michael and Pinkston to pay restitution in the amount of the medical bills but said he’s unconvinced that Blevins will ever see a dime.
As for the apologies, “Everybody is sorry, but they can’t make me whole again,” Blevins said. “ They aren’t going to be able to pay me or give my body parts back or give me my health. So they got what they deserved.”