LIMA — A Lima man spent a portion of his 19th birthday in an Allen County courtroom Wednesday, waiving his right to a speedy trial and weighing a plea offer from prosecutors.
Demondtray Burns was indicted in July by a grand jury on a first-degree felony count of aggravated robbery, a charge that includes a three-year firearm specification. He appeared with his attorney in Allen County Common Pleas Court to waive his constitutional right to a speedy trial and to vacate an Aug. 13 trial date that was looming.
Defense Attorney Carroll Creighton asked the court for additional time to prepare his client’s defense and to weigh an offer from prosecutors that has been informally made to Burns.
According to court documents, the charges against the Lima man stem from a May 18 incident during which Burns met a female victim, using a fake name, under the guise of purchasing a cellphone from her. The pair met on Mumaugh Road, near Rhodes State College, to complete the transaction but Burns — who identified himself as Jacob L. — told the alleged victim he had forgotten the $400 to purchase the phone and needed to go home to get it. He returned an hour later, pulled a gun from the vehicle’s console and told the victim he was going to take the phone, police say.
The woman later described the vehicle involved in the theft to police and said the driver was a black male who was wearing a red shirt who had taken her pink phone.
Deputies went to Franklin Street and located a vehicle matching the description given by the female. Two subjects, Demondtray Burns and a juvenile female, were removed from the vehicle. A pink phone and a red shirt were found stuffed between the seat and the center console, police said.