LIMA — A Lima teenaged girl described as by prosecutors as the “mastermind” behind a plan to lure a man into an apartment for sex and then rob him was sentenced Thursday to three years on probation and 20 days in jail.
Angelique James, 19, was the second Lima woman to get jail time and probation in connection with the crime.
According to reports from the Lima Police Department, on Feb. 8 officers responded to a robbery at 305 E. Fifth Street in Lima and spoke with a robbery victim at the scene. The man said he came to the apartment to meet a girl and, once inside, was attacked by “three or four” subjects. The victim said he had been punched, kicked and hit with sticks and a liquor bottle. The attackers also stole the man’s wallet, money and cell phone.
A search warrant was executed and inside the apartment officers found James and Erica Lewallen, according to police reports. Evidence related to the robbery was also reportedly found inside the apartment.
According to court documents, James told police the pair lured the man to the apartment on the promise that Lewallen would have sex with him for $40. She said the plan was to take the victim’s money and that Lewallen never intended to have sex with the man. James also provided to police the names of two males who took part in the alleged assault.
James was indicted in March by the Allen County grand jury on one count of second-degree robbery. In July she pleaded guilty to an amended count of third-degree robbery.
At her sentencing Thursday, James disputed some information contained in a pre-sentence report and angered Judge Jeffrey Reed by trying to recant statements she had previously given to police.
“I don’t think you’re being honest with me,” the judge told James. “You’re headed for tough times if you don’t change.”
As part of her sentence, James must complete 40 hours of community service by Christmas, must avoid drugs and alcohol and is subject to random drug testing.
Lewallen was earlier sentenced to three years on probation and 60 days in jail.