Thursday, January 16, 2003

Man gets 10 years for robbery

Judge: 'You will serve every day' of the sentence

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LEBANON - One of two men accused in a November armed robbery spree in Deerfield Township was headed to prison for 10 years Wednesday after a plea agreement that spared him another 18 years.

Jeremy Wayne White, 20, of Mason, pleaded guilty to eight charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felonious assault involving five victims.

In return, prosecutors agreed to dismiss six gun specifications, each carrying a mandatory prison sentence of three years that would have to have been served consecutively.

Judge James Flannery of Warren County Common Pleas Court sentenced Mr. White on the spot, noting that the prison term was agreed to as part of the plea.

"I will not reduce one day of that sentence. You will serve every day," Judge Flannery said. "You went on a crime spree and terrorized a number of people in homes and apartment complexes and you will be separated from society because of that behavior."

Other than to say he was a high school dropout, Mr. White offered no explanation or remorse.

Authorities said Mr. White and an accomplice followed motorists home and robbed them at gunpoint in their garages or driveways late Nov. 13 and early Nov. 14. They ambushed others in the parking lots of Nantucket and Steeplechase apartment complexes.

Assistant Prosecutor Andy Sievers said that, in one incident, they beat a man in the head with the gun because he didn't have his wallet with him and couldn't give them any money.

Shane Prince, 21, of Deerfield Township is fighting similar charges and is scheduled to go on trial Feb. 18.


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