LISBON - A Canton man sentenced to two years for asking for sponsors so he could set up car and motorcycle cruise events which never materialized lost his appeal to the Seventh District Court of Appeals.
David Grillon, 49, Canton, was convicted by a jury in September 2010 of four counts of felony theft and one misdemeanor count. The charges accused Grillon of taking money in 2008 from the owners of East of Chicago Pizza in Lisbon, Calcutta Auto Parts in East Liverpool, West Coast Tattooing in Calcutta, Destination Cycle in Glenmoor and an insurance agent with Allstate Insurance in Calcutta.
The money which totaled $3,750 was to be used to promote their businesses by allowing them to be the top sponsor for cruise events. The events never happened and attempts to obtain a refund from Grillon were largely unsuccessful.
Attorney Douglas A. King, representing Grillon in his appeal, challenged the conviction in 2010, citing 10 issues. However, in an opinion released last week, Judge Gene Donofrio found all of the issues raised to be without merit.
At one point, King alleged Grillon was denied his right to counsel after Grillon had asked for a new attorney the morning of the trial. The request was denied. Donofrio wrote the request for a continuance was made simply to delay the trial.
The appeal also questioned whether joining all five counts together in one trial violated his right to a fair trial. Not mentioned at the jury trial was Grillon's past, which included other similar crimes in at least one other county. He faced charges for a similar scam in Portage County, where he was ordered to make restitution or face 24 months in prison. According to court documents, Grillon had an extensive criminal history of thefts by deception, which dated back to 1996.