LIMA — A Lima teenager was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday for his role in the September 2017 armed robbery of the Rite Aid pharmacy at 302 W. Robb Ave.
Tobias Griffin, 18, was permitted by Judge David Cheney to briefly hold his two infant children before being led from the courtroom in handcuffs.
Griffin, 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 was the second young Lima man sentenced in connection with the robbery. His co-defendant, Marlin Battle Jr., 19, was sentenced in March to four years in prison.
Cheney said Griffin committed the robbery less than six months after he ended a term of probation for a similar robbery as a juvenile. Those circumstances and the psychological harm suffered by employees of the pharmacy figured into the judge’s sentence. Cheney sentenced Griffin to six years in prison on the robbery charge and 1 year on the abduction charge. He ordered the sentences served concurrently.
Police say Griffin and Battle entered the Lima 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 men reportedly fled the store with a large amount of pharmaceuticals and cash.
A mask found at scene of the robbery was sent off for DNA testing and revealed a “hit” on Griffin.