LIMA — A man who attacked an elderly woman with a hammer chose not to call the prosecution’s bluff by accepting a plea deal Thursday and a 13-year prison sentence just before time ran out on the offer.
Keith Maidon accepted the offer and a judge sentenced him to 13 years in prison. Just hours before, he refused an offer Prosecutor Juergen Waldick said would only be on the table until the end of the day.
Maidon pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and robbery. He would have faced a sentence twice as long had he taken his case to trial and lost.
The 46-year-old Maidon was arrested Dec. 4 for two robberies at CVS Pharmacy at 900 Bellefontaine Ave. The second robbery was a day before his arrest when he approached a 67-year-old woman in the parking lot and tried to steal her purse. He repeatedly beat the woman in the head with a hammer trying to get her to let go of her purse.
Earlier in the day, Maidon was telling Judge Jeffrey Reed he wanted another attorney assigned to his case saying his current attorney, Joe Benavidez, was not following his orders on filing motions.
Reed reviewed the file and said Benavidez did file appropriate motions. Maidon said Benavidez never filed a motion requesting charges merge which Reed tried to explain that issue cannot be addressed until sentencing, if Maidon was convicted.
Maidon told the judge he still didn’t understand the law. He also refused to accept the deal at that time and left the courtroom, with all parties believing the case was going to trial in three weeks.
“I have to go to trial. I’m facing a lot of time,” he said earlier in the day.