LIMA — Marlin Battle Jr., 19, of Lima, was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison for his role in the September 2017 armed robbery of a Rite Aid pharmacy at 302 W. Robb Ave., Lima.
Battle is eligible for judicial release when, or if, his attorney filed a motion for it but Allen County Common Pleas Judge David Cheney would need to approve the motion.
Battle, originally charged with aggravated robbery with a gun specification and kidnapping with a firearm specification, pleaded guilty in February in a deal with prosecutors to amended charges of robbery, a second-degree felony, and abduction, a felony of the third degree.
He is one of three men who police say entered the pharmacy on the evening of Sept. 14, 2017, with firearms in hand. According to court documents, the robbers ordered customers to the rear of the store, then went behind the counter in the pharmacy area and ordered employees to open cabinets. The three reportedly fled the store with a large amount of pharmaceuticals and cash.
According to court documents, police knew Tobias Griffin, 18, of Lima, to be part of a group known to be stealing drugs in the area and Battle was known to be a close friend of Griffin.
Battle was arrested after his DNA matched material on a BB gun magazine found near the pharmacy. A mask found at scene of the robbery was found to match Griffin after it was tested for DNA.
Griffin was indicted by an Allen County grand jury in December and was charged with aggravated robbery and kidnapping, each first-degree felonies and each carrying a specification that a firearm was used during the commission of the crime.
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