Lima man gets 6-year sentence for attack


LIMA — One of three people charged with severely beating a Lima man at an Albert Street residence in January of this year was sentenced Tuesday in Allen County Common Pleas Court to six years in prison.

Terry Volbert, 29, of Lima, was sentenced by Judge Jeffrey Reed in connection with the Nov. 21 incident that left Stephen Parks with injuries serious enough to cause hospitalization.

Alexander Armstead, 31, of Lima, will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21 for his role in the assault. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to a first-degree felony count of aggravated robbery. Melissa Ream, 28, of Lima, also faces charges in the incident.

Prosecutors said the three Lima residents were part of a plan to rob Parks in the early hours of Jan. 26. According to court documents, Parks was visiting Ream, whom he had met online, at 705 Albert St. in Lima. A man, later identified as Armstead, entered the home wearing a mask and carrying a club and began to beat Parks, stealing his wallet and cellphone before leaving.

When police officers arrived at the scene, they located a bloody guitar in the front yard that they determined Parks had used to defend himself during the attack. Inside the home officers found Ream and Volbert and took both into custody. Both admitted their roles in the attack to police, according to court records.