Leipsic man pleads guilty to aggravated robbery


By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@limanews.com



Attorney Elizabeth Smith speaks to her client Leipsic resident Isaiah Oliver, who pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery during a final pre-trial hearing Thursday in Putnam County.

Attorney Elizabeth Smith speaks to her client Leipsic resident Isaiah Oliver, who pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery during a final pre-trial hearing Thursday in Putnam County.


Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

OTTAWA — A Leipsic man who robbed three people at gunpoint in July pleaded guilty to count one of aggravated robbery, a felony, during a final pre-trial Thursday.

Isaiah Oliver, 18, appeared in Putnam County Common Pleas Court Thursday with his Attorney Elizabeth Smith before Judge Keith Schierloh. Oliver signed a plea of guilty that the court accepted. A sentencing date for Oliver was set at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31.

Count two of theft and count three, possession of criminal tools, both felony five, were dismissed since Oliver plead guilty to aggravated battery and no additional charges were brought before the court.

During Thursday’s final pre-trial, Schierloh said a pre-sentence investigation will be completed where Oliver’s family and employment history will be reviewed that will allow the court to make an appropriate sentencing recommendation.

“You have a potential of up to 11 years in the Department of Corrections, up to a maximum fine of $20,000 fine and post mandatory release control is required for a period of three years,” Schierloh said.

The charge does carry with it an indefinite sentence where he will receive a minimum and maximum sentence determined by the court.

“If the court would select a minimum term of 11 years that means the maximum term would be 50 percent based on that 11 years and get an additional potential 5-1/2 years on top of that,” Schierloh said.

By having a criminal conviction of a felony, he would be prohibited from owning a firearm and if he was to be found to be in possession of a firearm he would be subject to further prosecution.

Oliver attempted and committed a theft July 27 and fled immediately after the attempt with a deadly weapon. He brandished what appeared to be a handgun demanding money and cell phones from three victims while at 117 1/2 E. Main St. in Leipsic.

He was later apprehended in Findlay and booked into the Putnam County Jail.

Schierloh asked Oliver during Thursday’s final pre-trial to explain what happened the night of July 27.

“I was at a local bar in Leipsic and there were people there who wanted drugs and I told them I was there to get them,” Oliver said. “I went to an apartment that was near the business and I pistol whipped one of the individuals, took their money and phones and fled.”

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery that occurred in Leipsic. The victim reported that the suspect held them down at gunpoint and had taken cash and the victims cellphone. The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male approximately 5 foot 8 inches tall. He was wearing slides, a white T-shirt and athletic shorts. The gun was described as a hand gun.

While officers were gathering information from the victim, another officer advised there were two other victims that also reported being robbed a gunpoint by the same suspect. The two additional victims also had reported their cellphones taken during the robbery.

Through the investigation, Putnam County Sheriffs Office detectives were able to present a photo lineup that included Oliver. The victims were able to point out the person they believed robbed therm from the lineup, and the detectives were able to identify the suspect as Oliver.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant for Oliver for aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony.

Attorney Elizabeth Smith speaks to her client Leipsic resident Isaiah Oliver, who pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery during a final pre-trial hearing Thursday in Putnam County.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/09/web1_IsaiahOliver.jpgAttorney Elizabeth Smith speaks to her client Leipsic resident Isaiah Oliver, who pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery during a final pre-trial hearing Thursday in Putnam County. Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

By Jennifer Peryam

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