LIMA — One of three local residents charged in a January robbery that left a Lima man seriously injured accepted a deal from prosecutors Tuesday and pleaded guilty to reduced charges.
Melissa Ream, 28, of Lima, was indicted on charges of felonious assault, aggravated robbery and kidnapping in connection with an incident that left Lima resident Stephen Parks with injuries serious enough to require hospitalization.
She appeared before Judge Jeffrey Reed in Allen County Common Pleas Court to plead guilty to a reduced charge of robbery, a second-degree felony.
Police officials said Ream, Alexander Armstead and Terry Volbert, all of Lima, conspired to rob Parks on the night of Jan. 26. According to court documents, Parks was visiting Ream, whom he had met online, at 705 Albert St. 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.
Armstead, 31, was sentenced earlier this month to nine years in prison on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated robbery for his role in the robbery.
Volbert, 29, was sentenced by Reed to six years in prison in connection with the incident. The judge said the lengthy sentence handed to Armstead was based on conclusions from investigators that he delivered the blow that injured Parks.
Ream faces up to eight years in prison when she is sentenced Jan. 22.