Tuesday, January 25, 2000

Man pleads guilty in fatal robbery

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Pleasant Ridge man will spend the next 15 years in prison for his role in a botched holdup at an Avondale carryout.

        Anthony Mitchell, 18, was sentenced Monday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court after he pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and involuntary manslaughter.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Mitchell and three other people took part in the armed robbery of Clifford's Carry Out on Sept. 8. The robbery ended when the store owner, Eugene Clifford, opened fire on the teens, killing one of them.

        A grand jury later indicted all three surviving defendants on murder charges, concluding they were responsible for the fatal shooting because it occurred during the robbery.

        Under Ohio law, people can be charged with murder if they commit a felony that results in the death of another person, even if that person was not their intended target.

        Anthony Santino Harris, 18, of Avondale, was killed in the robbery.

        Prosecutors say Mr. Mitchell drove the getaway car and the others robbed the store.

        He entered the plea after prosecutors agreed to drop a murder charge.

        Mr. Mitchell's attorney, Stephen Kurlansky, said the plea agreement also means that prosecutors will not file new charges against his client involving other robberies.


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