LIMA — A young Lima woman who earlier this year was sentenced to three years in prison for her role in an organized plot to rob her former boyfriend at gunpoint was granted an early release from custody on Wednesday.
Jordyn Mitchell, 20, earlier this month filed a motion with the court with requesting a judicial release after serving 15 months (including time spent in the Allen County jail following her arrest) of a 36-month prison sentence for robbery.
It was Mitchell’s second attempt to gain release from prison. The first was unsuccessful.
In her most recent letter to Judge Terri Kohlrieser, Mitchell did not seek an outright release but asked the judge to place her in a “behavior modification program that will help me further better myself.”
Kohlrieser said during Wednesday’s hearing that the woman’s request for additional help was unique.
“I get letters all the time from various people in your position and it’s very telling to me that you didn’t just ask ‘please let me out.’ You talked about programs you couldn’t get in prison and your desire to better yourself,” Kohlrieser said.
The judge also noted inmate evaluation reports completed by prison staff that gave Mitchell high marks for attitude and work ethic while behind bars. Kohlrieser referred Mitchel to the Western Ohio Regional Treatment and Habilitation Center, pending the availability of bed space as the facility battles the COVID-19 pandemic. She is to complete any programs and/or treatment recommended by WORTH Center staff.
Mitchell was indicted by an Allen County grand jury in November of last year on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated robbery with the use of a firearm, even though police and prosecutors acknowledged she personally never touched a firearm. She entered into an agreement with prosecutors in February that called for her to plead guilty to a second-degree count of robbery.
According to court documents, Mitchell took part in a scheme concocted among herself and three other individuals to rob Tyshawn Thompson outside the Maplewood/Northwood Apartments on Brower Road in Lima in September 2019. Others who were charged after being present during the robbery included Brenna Cochran, Cardale Funches and Isahia Dyous.