LIMA — A St. Marys man will spend up to four years in prison for robbing, assaulting and abducting a female acquaintance during what was described in court Wednesday as a drug-fueled escapade.
Tyler Paxson, who pleaded guilty in December to charges connected with that incident, had earlier this month written a letter to Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed requesting to withdraw his guilty plea. But, following a lengthy delay prior to Paxson’s scheduled sentencing hearing Wednesday morning, the defendant agreed to proceed with sentencing.
Paxson, 23, was indicted by the September 2018 session of the grand jury on charges of kidnapping, a first-degree felony; robbery, a felony of the second degree; and abduction, a felony of the third degree. Allen County prosecutors agreed to dismiss the kidnapping charge in exchange for Paxson’s guilty pleas to the remaining counts, and Paxson accepted that deal.
He faced up to 11 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
According to court documents, Allen County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched on July 22 of last year to Lima Memorial Health System in reference to a female who was being treated following an alleged assault. The woman told authorities she had been assaulted by Paxson at a car lot on Elida Road in Delphos after she met him to retrieve money he had taken from her. She said Paxson forced open the door of her vehicle, took the car keys and physically pushed her into the passenger seat. He then got in and drove away.
The woman told police Paxson started hitting her in the face before stopping to get gas for the vehicle. He allegedly told the woman not to attempt to flee and said that if she did, he would run over her with the car. Paxson then drove to Lima and purchased drugs before forcing the victim make arrangements for a friend to meet them in Cridersville, where the woman escaped.
Prior to sentencing on Wednesday, Paxson said the last few years of his life have been consumed by “poor choices; I’ve let a lot of people down, including myself. But I’ve had enough now. I am going to do what it takes to become a positive role model for my son. I’m a good guy who has make some bad choices while I was on drugs.”
Reed sentenced the man to four years in prison on the robbery charge and three years on the abduction count, to be served concurrently.
Paxson, a graduate of Spencerville High School, was acquitted at trial in May 2016 of a felonious assault charge in Lima. He was accused of striking a police officer during an arrest in July 2014. During that arrest, Paxson had a blood-alcohol level of twice the legal limit and had cocaine and marijuana in his system, according to court records.
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