Lima man facing decades behind bars reject plea offer


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



Kiarris Laws of Lima confers with his attorney, Jerry Pitts, during a hearing Monday in Allen County Common Pleas Court. Laws, charged with aggravated burglary, kidnapping and weapons counts, rejected a plea deal from prosecutors that would have reduced his potential prison sentence substantially.

Kiarris Laws of Lima confers with his attorney, Jerry Pitts, during a hearing Monday in Allen County Common Pleas Court. Laws, charged with aggravated burglary, kidnapping and weapons counts, rejected a plea deal from prosecutors that would have reduced his potential prison sentence substantially.


J Swygart | The Lima News

LIMA — Prosecutors on Monday made an offer that a Lima man decided he could refuse, at least for the time being.

Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney Kenneth Sturgill went on the official record in Allen County Common Pleas Court to offer a plea deal to Kiarris Laws, 27, of Lima, that could shave decades off Laws’ potential prison sentence. The defendant opted to reject the deal but has until June 14 to reconsider.

Laws was indicted in January by an Allen County grand jury on one count of aggravated robbery with a firearm specification and a specification as a repeat offender, a first-degree felony. Other charges in the indictment were three counts of kidnapping, first-degree felonies with specifications for the use of firearms and for being a repeat offender; and one count of having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony.

Under the proposal put on the table by prosecutors Monday, Laws would plead guilty to the aggravated robbery charge and all specifications, as well as the weapons under disability count. The kidnapping charges and all associated specifications would be dismissed in exchange for that plea.

Sturgill said the offer would remain open until June 14. A jury trial for Laws is scheduled to commence July 9.

Laws, through his attorney, Jerry Pitts, declined to accept the plea deal on Monday.

According to court documents, Laws conspired with Marquavius Shurelds and Lamont Jones on Dec. 2, 2018, to rob Dequaisha Wilson and Alonzo Williams in an apartment in the 1500 block of Bradfield Drive, Lima. Wilson reportedly was forced inside the apartment by Shurelds, had her head covered with a blanket and was told she would be killed if she did not cooperate.

Also inside the apartment were Jones and Laws. Laws reportedly pointed guns at Williams and her infant child, while the perpetrators discussed the fate of the victims in the case.

“Mr. Laws said they should kill them, however Mr. Jones argued to keep them alive,” according to court records.

Kiarris Laws of Lima confers with his attorney, Jerry Pitts, during a hearing Monday in Allen County Common Pleas Court. Laws, charged with aggravated burglary, kidnapping and weapons counts, rejected a plea deal from prosecutors that would have reduced his potential prison sentence substantially.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/05/web1_Kiarris-Laws.jpgKiarris Laws of Lima confers with his attorney, Jerry Pitts, during a hearing Monday in Allen County Common Pleas Court. Laws, charged with aggravated burglary, kidnapping and weapons counts, rejected a plea deal from prosecutors that would have reduced his potential prison sentence substantially. J Swygart | The Lima News

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