LIMA — Calling the defendant a “very dangerous” man who has been arrested “more times than I can count,” Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Terri Kohlrieser on Friday sentenced Jarvis Killingsworth to 17 years behind bars, the maximum prison term she legally could impose.
Jurors in the trial of Jarvis Killingsworth deliberated for some four hours Thursday evening and Friday morning before finding the 22-year former Chicago man guilty of robbing two Lima residents at gunpoint. Jury members found Killingsworth guilty of one of robbery and one count of kidnapping, but failed to reach a unanimous verdict on a second kidnapping charge.
Kohlrieser sentenced the man to eight years in prison on each count and ordered the terms to be served consecutively. Killingsworth was also sentenced to 12 months in prison on a prior charge of receiving stolen property, and the judge ordered that term to be served consecutively to the other counts — a total of 17 years.
Defense Attorney Carroll Creighton said his client would appeal the verdict and the sentence. Killingsworth showed no emotion as the verdicts were announced and, at the urging of his attorney, did not address the court prior to sentencing.
Testimony during the one-day trial came from the alleged victims in the case, Daniel and Jessica Kelley, who identified Killingsworth as the person who held them at gunpoint in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 1325 W. Market St. on a snowy January morning earlier this year. Police officers testified that Killingsworth was the man who fled from that robbery scene to a house at 131 S. Rosedale Ave. and later jumped from a second-story window at that residence when officers arrived in an attempt to flee.
Killingsworth maintained his innocence throughout the trial, taking the witness stand Thursday to allege a man he knew only as “AZ” was the likely perpetrator. Killingworth said he and “AZ” had smoked marijuana some 30 minutes before police came upon the robbery attempt in the parking lot of the Market Street apartment complex.
The man identified as “AZ” then left the home, Killingsworth testified, but returned less than 30 minutes later with police in pursuit. Killingsworth said the man came in the back door of the Rosedale Avenue home and locked the door behind him.
Killingsworth said he leaped from a second-floor window in the home at nearly the same time police arrived because he was “paranoid” after smoking marijuana and feared there was a warrant for his arrest for failing to keep an appointment with his probation officer.
Daniel Kelley’s wallet was found in the pocket of the hoodie Killingsworth was wearing when he was arrested. Kelley’s cell phone was found inside a closet inside the residence.
Jessica Kelley told Kohlrieser during Friday’s sentencing that the robbery was a “traumatic experience” that “definitely had a negative psychological effect on her family.”
A previous trial for Killingsworth last month ended in a hung jury.