Reynolds sentenced to 7 years for September beating

By Alexandra Newman - [email protected]

SIDNEY — One of the men responsible for the beating of 38-year-old woman back in September was sentenced Thursday in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Skyler J. Reynolds, 19, of Sidney, was originally charged with one count of aggravated robbery, a felony of the first degree, with a firearms specification.

He had originally plead not-guilty back in October and then entered a guilty plea in December. The terms of his guilty plea included the state dropping the firearms specification

Reynolds was sentenced to seven years in prison, will have to pay $85 in restitution, and a $500 fine for his part in the crime.

Renyolds will also have to complete a mandatory five years of community control upon release from prison.

The crime happened on Sept. 23, 2015 at around 12:30 a.m. A 38-year-old female was walking in the 100 block of N. Walnut Ave., Sidney, when three male subjects wearing hoodies and sock hats approached her. All three were armed with what appeared to be handguns and demanded the victim’s property. The victim attempted to call the police using her cell phone.

“At that time they struck her over the face and head area with either a weapon or a metal object, causing serious fractures to her face, her jaw, her nose and chin. It was a brutal attack,” Sidney Police Chief William Balling said at the time.

Thanks to calls from the public, the tactical response teams from Sidney, Piqua and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office were deployed and executed a search warrant at 233 ½ N. West Ave. in Sidney that same afternoon.

At that time Renyolds and another suspect were taken into custody. Officers and investigators executed a search warrant at the other identified subject’s residence, 827 S. Ohio Ave., but discovered that he had left the residence prior to officers’ arrival.

An arrest warrant was issued out of the Sidney Municipal Court for William Blankenship, 19, of Sidney. He turned himself over the sheriff’s office later that day.

Blankenship was charged with the same crime as Renyolds and also entered a guilty plea on the terms of dropping the specification. Blankenship was sentenced back in the beginning of January to seven years in prison as well.

In court Thursday, Shelby County Prosecutor Tim Sell called the incident a random, unnecessary act of violence.

Renyolds told the court that he was not in his right mind and was under the influence of drugs. He also apologized for his actions.

Judge James Stevenson took the recommendation of the prosecution to give Renyolds the same sentence as Blankenship, citing Renyolds juvenile record of acts of violence.

The other co-defendant, Andrew Mitchell, of Sidney, a 17-year-old juvenile being charged as an adult, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. He was also took an agreement to enter a guilty plea to one count of aggravated robbery with a dropped firearms specification.

By Alexandra Newman

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Reach this writer at 937-538-4825; follow on Twitter @SDNAlexandraN