LIMA — A Lima man who authorities say robbed a man at gunpoint almost exactly one year ago was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison. But Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Terri Kohlrieser said if Anton Arnett minds his Ps and Qs while behind bars, he could be released in six months.
Arnett, 30, was indicted by a grand jury in October of last year on a single count of aggravated robbery with a firearm specification. In June he agreed to a negotiated plea agreement and pleaded guilty to an amended charge of burglary, a felony of the second degree, in exchange for the state’s dismissal of the gun spec.
After determining that Arnett did not meet the legal guidelines to be sentenced to probation, Kohlrieser on Wednesday said his plea to a second-degree felony left her hands tied.
“I really don’t have a choice, by law,” the judge said. “I have to send you to prison, but I don’t have to keep you there. You are eligible for judicial (early) release in 180 days, and I will seriously consider granting it.”
According to court documents, on Aug. 8 of last year police were dispatched to the 500 block of East Second Street in Lima in reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, police learned a fight had taken place between two men.
Witnesses said during the fight an unknown male — later identified as Arnett — confronted the alleged victim, pointed a firearm at him and demanded he turn over his belongings. Arnett and another male then left the premises.
Several family members told police the man went by the nickname of “Tone” and gave a physical description of the suspect and a possible Elm Street address. Police went to the 700 block of West Elm Street and took Arnett into custody. He was later identified in a photo lineup at the police station.
The alleged victim in the case, however, declined to aid authorities and did not complete a victim impact statement as requested.
“As evidenced by Crime Victim Services, the victim was very uncooperative with police,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Thines, explaining the state’s willingness to enter into a plea deal with Arnett to reduced charges.
No gun was ever found in connection with the incident, Thines said.