LIMA — A 22-year-old Lima man pleaded guilty to reduced charges Friday in connection with a 2018 robbery at the home of his ex-girlfriend.
Willie Harris entered pleas to an amended charge of burglary, a third-degree felony, and a fourth-degree felony count of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle. The burglary charge was reduced by prosecutors from a first-degree aggravated felony count and an additional charge of carrying a concealed weapon was dismissed in exchange for Harris’ plea.
Harris will also forfeit a Colt semi-automatic pistol to the Lima Police Department as part of the agreement. He will be sentenced May 6 and faces a maximum penalty of 4 1/2 years in prison. He was released on an own-recognizance bond following his pleas.
According to court documents, Harris on June 27 of last year became involved in a verbal altercation with the new boyfriend of the victim in the case. Harris left the area of the South Elizabeth Street home where the altercation occurred. But her returned later that day and kicked the door of the residence open and entered the home, police said. At that time he allegedly punched his ex-girlfriend and accused her of having sex with the man. He then took the woman’s cell phone before leaving the residence, according to police accounts.
Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Destiny Caldwell said during Friday’s hearing that the wishes of the victim had been taken into account when drafting the negotiated plea agreement. Caldwell also said the woman “is not fearful” of Harris and had no objection to him being released on bond pending sentencing.