Teen who pretended to be state senator is sentenced

UPPER SANDUSKY — An 18-year-old who impersonated a state senator and spoke to a class at an area school was sentenced this week to 90 days in the Wyandot County jail.
Izaha Akins, of Marion, was sentenced by Wyandot County Common Pleas Judge Kathleen Aubry to 90 days in the Wyandot County jail for impersonating a peace officer, a third-degree felony, the Upper Sandusky Daily Chief Union newspaper reported. The offense includes pretending to be an elected public official.
Akins was given credit for 53 days served, so he will have to serve over one month, the newspaper reported.
Akins claimed to be the replacement for state Sen. David Burke, R-Marysville, during a visit to Mohawk High School in December.
Judge Aubry also ordered Akins to pay $138 in restitution to Reineke Family Dealerships after he fooled the auto dealer into providing him a car and driver for his visit to the school.
Following his jail sentence, Akins will be placed on three years of community control sanctions and must serve 48 hours of community service, the newspaper reported.
He must have no contact with Mohawk High School or Burke, other than to write an apology letter, Aubrey ordered.


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