LIMA — A Lima teenager was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for allegedly holding two females at gunpoint against their will — and physically assaulting one of them.
Jamitrius Bankston, 18, appeared before Allen County Common Pleas Judge David Cheney at Friday’s hearing. By virtue of a plea deal hammered out previously with prosecutors, Bankston knew when he arrived in the courtroom what his sentence would be. The teen likely was less prepared for the questions he would be asked by the judge.
“Where did you get the gun?” Cheney asked the defendant.
“On the street,” Bankston replied.
“Streets don’t sell guns; who sold it to you?” Cheney continued.
“I don’t know,” said Bankston, very much to the judge’s dismay.
“What did you pay for it?” the judge continued. Bankston said he paid $175 for handgun, money which was given to him by his parents to buy clothing for his infant daughter.
“And here you are … about to go to prison,” the judge said. “I’m not sure a story worse than that could have been written. Very sad.”
Bankston was indicted in January by an Allen County grand jury on two counts of abduction with firearm specifications, robbery with a firearm specification, felonious assault with firearm specification and carrying a concealed weapon. In exchange to his plea to the felonious assault charge, a second-degree felony, prosecutors dismissed the remaining counts.
Cheney sentenced Bankston to four years on the felonious assault charge, to be served following a mandatory one-year sentence for the use of a firearm during the commission of the crime. The weapon was ordered forfeited to the Lima Police Department.
According to court documents, Bankston in December held two females at gunpoint and against their will at a residence at 718 Faurot Ave., Lima. When police arrived at the home and looked through a window of the residence, they reportedly saw Bankston and the two women inside. The officers knocked on the door of the home and the women, accompanied by a small child, came out of the house. Police then went inside and removed Bankston from the premises, court records show.
The home was searched, and police found a loaded Ruger pistol. One of the women told police that a dispute started between herself and Bankston over something he had seen on her cell phone. She told police Bankston dragged her by the hair, waved a gun and threatened to kill her before she was able to text a friend and tell her to contact the police.