LIMA — A Lima juvenile sentenced earlier this year as an adult to 10 years in prison for taking part in an armed robbery was back in court Friday morning to remedy a judicial oversight.
Farrakahn Mitchell, 17, was sentenced on Oct. 2 by Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Terri Kohlrieser to a minimum prison term of seven years on an amended count of robbery, a second-degree felony. The sentenced included an additional three-year mandatory prison term for the possession of a firearm during the commission of the crime.
Kohlrieser ordered that the sentence imposed against Mitchell be stayed pending a hearing in juvenile court surrounding Mitchell’s amenability to juvenile detention sanctions.
Mitchell was indicted by a grand jury in March on a first-degree felony count of aggravated burglary. The indictment alleged that Mitchell on or about Nov. 20 of last year attempted to rob a Dollar General store and that he brandished a weapon during that incident.
On Aug. 18 he accepted a deal from prosecutors and pleaded guilty to the amended count. He was remanded to the Allen County Juvenile Detention Center.
In October prosecutors filed a motion in opposition to the juvenile court’s designation of Mitchell as a serious youth full offender and asked that his original prison sentence be imposed.
That filing prompted the mandatory hearing “to determine whether the child is not amenable to care or rehabilitation within the juvenile system and whether the safety of the community may require that the child be subject solely to adult sanctions.”
Following that hearing Allen County Juvenile Court Judge Glenn Derryberry wrote that — based on the opinion of state psychologist Dr. Carla Dreyer — that there is not sufficient time to rehabilitation Mitchell within the juvenile system and that the teenager “is emotionally, physically and psychologically mature enough” for transfer to an adult prison.
Mitchell was transported earlier this week to the Allen County jail. He was remanded to the Ohio Department of Correction and Rehabilitation to begin serving his 1o-year prison term following Friday morning’s hearing.