Michael Kaminski & the perks of being a dope addict


Michael Kaminski will avoid prison for his ill-fated robbery with a cologne bottle.
In February, we reported that the former guitarist of Cop Shoot Cop, Michael Kaminski, had apparently traded in his axe for a gun-shaped cologne bottle, which he used to rob an Akron video store. The 41-year-old earned national headlines as well as his own comic strip in Blender when he stuck up a Highland Square Video clerk with a gun-shaped Stetson cologne bottle – he even painted the “handle” black to make it look more convincing – and threatened to shoot if the guy didn’t empty out his register. Instead, Kaminski got the beating of his life from the clerk and a worker from a neighboring store. Kaminski was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon… Needless to say, C-Notes found this story pretty amusing and branded Kaminski the moron of the day. Our story elicited impassioned responses from Kaminski’s friends and family, who claimed that he was a drug addict who needed rehab instead of punishment. We agreed, but still felt like the guy deserved a bit of time and humiliation for sticking up an innocent minimum wage worker. But Summit County Court Judge Patricia Cosgrove didn’t agree with our sentiments. Yesterday, Kaminski pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison. He’ll be able to evade prison time, however, thanks to his addiction. Cosgrove suspended his sentence and placed him on two years probation, in which he has to complete a drug treatment program, says Cosgrove’s bailiff Kathie Nelson. “It does have a lock down period, for as long as 90 days. It will help him find a job, try to change his way of thinking – give him a sort of guide.” Which all sounds great – if Kaminski is ready to receive the help. After all, he spent the past few years in a vicious cycle of abuse, robbery and recovery. Hopefully he’ll realize that we only get so many second chances. Because the next guy he robs might decide to shoot him instead of kick his ass. – Denise Grollmus


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