LIMA — A Lima man was sentenced to 11 and a half years in prison by Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Terri Kohlrieser Friday morning.
Andrew Smith, 29, was found guilty last month by a jury for using a large hunting knife to rob a convenience store. He was convicted on three counts: aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; carrying a concealed weapon, a felony of the fourth degree; and having a weapon while under disability, a third-degree felony.
The first-degree felony yielded a sentence of nine years while the other two charges, which were not merged by the court, will be served concurrently for an additional 30 months.
Kohlrieser said the court’s decision was based partly upon the fact that Smith has an extensive juvenile record as well as other felonies and misdemeanors on record.
The clerk working at the Dairy Market at 531 W. Kibby St. recognized Smith when he entered the establishment on Feb. 7, 2019, from a robbery two months earlier at a sister store, where the clerk was also working during the time of the incident.
Upon being apprehended, officers found a loaded .22 caliber revolver and large hunting knife similar to the one used in the earlier robbery. Kohlrieser said the knife, which the clerk described as a “mini sword,” was one of the largest hunting knives the court had seen, though no injuries were sustained.
Smith was also previously convicted of a 2009 robbery and home invasion. He spent two years in prison for that crime.
During the sentencing, Smith addressed the court and apologized for his behavior, acknowledging his wrongdoings. His attorney, Jerry Pitts, referenced Smith’s difficult upbringing and mental health issues in asking for a more treatment-based sentence.
Kohlrieser acknowledged Smith’s statement and challenges but stated the courts made attempts at rehabilitation with his time spent in the Wood County juvenile detention and rehabilitation centers previously.
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