LIMA — One of two men who police say robbed the Lima Adultmart at gunpoint more than two years ago but was not indicted until August 2020 escaped jail time during his sentencing hearing Thursday.
Damariante Dillingham, 25, appeared before Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed for sentencing after pleading guilty in November to an amended third-degree felony charge of robbery. A grand jury had indicted Dillingham on a first-degree felony count of aggravated robbery. The weapon involved in the incident was later learned to be a BB gun.
Dillingham apologized for his actions, telling the judge he was “with the wrong people at the wrong time” when the robbery took place. His attorney, Anthony Vannoy, said his client was at a “crossroads” in life but had reflected on his actions during 99 days spent in jail following his arrest before posting bond.
“I think he can listen to and follow the court’s rules,” Vannoy said. “We ask your honor to give him that chance.”
Reed sentenced Dillingham to three years of intensive probation but warned him that any violation could land the Lima man in prison.
“If you sleep with dogs, you get fleas,” Reed said, advising the man to choose his acquaintances more closely. “If you get (sentenced to) community correction and you wind up back in court, it will be hard for me to give you another chance.”
Court documents show that at around 11:49 p.m. Dec. 16, 2018, Allen County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Adultmart, 1406 Elida Road, in reference to an aggravated robbery.
A female clerk at the store said two males entered the business, and one of the men brandished a weapon and ordered her to the ground. The intruders then forced the woman to open a cash register and left after taking $58.81 in cash. The subjects left in a red van, which surveillance video showed was occupied by a third person. No other arrests have been made in the case.