Agnew enters guilty plea to purse-snatching incident

By Alexandra Newman -



SIDNEY — The man accused of robbing and dragging a woman through the Sidney Food Town parking lot in October entered a guilty plea Monday in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Gene Patrick Agnew, 42, at large, was indicted in November on one count of aggravated robbery, a felony of the first-degree, after he, on Oct. 28, 2015, while driving in his truck, grabbed a 86-year-old woman’s purse in a grocery store parking lot, dragging her, causing serious physical harm.

Agnew pleaded not guilty to the charge at his arraignment in March.

His change of plea Monday came with no conditions. Agnew could go to prison for a maximum of 11 years, a prison term is presumed, but not mandatory in this case. He is also facing a maximum fine of $20,000. If he is given prison time, upon his release he will have to complete a mandatory five years of community control.

In late February 2016, Agnew was found guilty of two counts of robbery in Allen County Common Pleas Court and sentenced to four years prison and ordered to pay $277 in restitution, according to court records.

Agnew is currently being held in The Allen Correctional Institution.

His sentencing is scheduled for July 14 at 1:30 p.m.


By Alexandra Newman