LIMA — A Lima woman who admitted she unwittingly took part in an armed robbery at a Lima motel last year avoided prison time when she was sentenced Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
Shanita Harvey, 30, of Lima, was sentenced to three years on probation after pleading guilty last month to an amended charge of burglary, a third-degree felony, for her role in the armed robbery of Shaquille Armstead at the Rodeway Inn on Neubrecht Road in Lima last October.
Harvey was the fourth and final person who took part in that robbery to be sentenced. Two Lima men who entered the motel room and robbed Armstead at gunpoint — Laquanvian Harris and Aquarius Owens — are serving prison terms of six years each for their roles in the robbery.
Latasha Tate, the driver of the get-away vehicle, was sentenced in August to probation and community service.
According to court documents, Harvey, Harris and Owens entered a room at the motel and removed a safe containing money after assaulting Armstead.
During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Harvey said she didn’t know Harris and Owens intended to rob Armstead on the night in question.
“I was just going there to buy drugs,” she told Judge Jeffrey Reed. “I was basically there to get some pills to feed my addiction. I just got involved with a bunch of guys I shouldn’t have.”
Harvey said she is currently enrolled in the Lima Municipal Court’s Treatment Court (drug court) and has remained in full compliance with all orders handed down by the court.
“I’m a better person now; a better mom and a better sister. I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do. Can you please give me another chance to continue to be a better person?” she asked the judge.
In addition to the three-year term of probation, Reed ordered the woman to successfully complete the drug court, the reimburse Smart Start $1,743 for an ankle monitor she cut off and to pay court costs.
Harvey was indicted in December on charges of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony that included a specification for the use of a firearm; aggravated burglary, also a first-degree felony with a firearm spec; and theft, a felony of the fifth degree.