ATM thief enters guilty plea, sentenced to 4 years

By Alexandra Newman - [email protected]

SIDNEY — The man accused of robbing a man at knife point at an ATM in March entered a guilty plea and was sentenced in Shelby County Common Pleas Court Thursday.

Jakob JM Young, 22, at large, was facing one count of aggravated robbery, a felony of the first degree, for robbing Randy Evans, 46, of Piqua, with a knife while Evans was making a withdrawal from an ATM machine at the US Bank at 1222 Wapakoneta Ave. Young cut Evans with a knife and then demanded the money. Young then reached inside of the vehicle and took money from his hand.

From a second indictment, Young was also facing two counts of trafficking in drugs, felonies of the fourth-degree, one count of breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth-degree, and three counts of burglary, felonies of the third-degree.

In June, after the two cases were put together, Young and his attorney Andrew Venters, filed a motion for separate trials, citing the two cases had nothing to do with one another and putting them together would cause bias. The state denied the motion and on Thursday a final pre-trial for both cases was held.

At this time a plea agreement was reached for Young to enter a guilty plea to an amended count of robbery, for the ATM incident, a felony of the third-degree. In the second case he pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fifth-degree, and one count of burglary, a felony of the third-degree, with the rest of the counts to be dismissed. It was also agreed there be no further indictments related to known facts and investigations; and all restitution be paid.

For the robbery charge he was sentenced to 24 months in prison. For the trafficking charge he was sentenced to 11 months, and 24 months for the burglary charge. The second two prisons terms will run concurrently, but will run consecutive to the 24 months from the robbery charge. This means Young will spend a total of four years in prison.

Upon his release from prison he will have to complete a mandatory three years of community control.

By Alexandra Newman

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Reach this writer at 937-538-4825.

Reach this writer at 937-538-4825.