LIMA — An 18-year-old Lima man who was a juvenile when he robbed a pair of Lima party stores at gunpoint late last year was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison.
Daquan Green was indicted by an Allen County grand jury in April on two counts of aggravated robbery, first-degree felonies, and one count of felonious assault, a felony of the second degree. All three charges contained specifications that a firearm was used during the commission of holdups at Hermie’s Party Shop on St. Johns Road and Slix Party Shop on North Dixie Highway.
Green pleaded guilty to reduced charges in August in a negotiated agreement with prosecutors that dismissed one of the robbery charges and all but one firearm specification.
On Jan. 5 of this year Green was the subject of a complaint was filed in the Juvenile Division of Allen County Common Pleas Court alleging that he committed a theft offense on or about Dec. 28, 2017, with a firearm “that he did recklessly display … brandish … (or) indicate that he possessed” during an armed robbery at Slix Party Shop.
A similar incident reportedly occurred the following day, when Green again did “knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm … by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance,” to an employee at Hermie’s.
That employee was in court Wednesday and told Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge David Cheney, “I still have a piece of bullet stuck in my leg that will be there forever because of (Green’s) actions. I could have lost my life. I don’t think we should take this matter lightly,” the man told the judge.
Green apologized to the victim on Wednesday, telling him, “I didn’t mean to harm you; this wasn’t supposed to happen.”
The young man told Cheney he was ready to accept responsibility for his actions. “I will do my time faithfully. This was the result of my actions and everything comes for a reason,” he said.
But Cheney was unconvinced that Green was truly remorseful. The young man appeared to further anger the judge when he said he didn’t know the name of the individual who provided the gun used in the robberies.
The judge imposed a six-year prison sentence on the aggravated robbery charge, to be served following a mandatory three-year sentence for the use of a firearm during the commission of the crime. Cheney added a five-year sentence on the felonious assault charge and ordered the sentences to be served consecutively for a 14-year total sentence.