LIMA — A Lima man currently serving a 30-month prison sentence for burglary and grand theft of a firearm was presented an offer from prosecutors to resolve his case on similar but unrelated charges.
Paul Miner Jr., 26, is currently an inmate at the Ohio Department of Correction and Rehabilitation after his conviction in an Allen County courtroom earlier this year. In December he was indicted by a grand jury on additional charges of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony that includes a three-year firearm specification; having a weapon under disability, a third-degree felony; and carrying a concealed weapon, a felony of the fourth-degree.
Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Kyle Thines put the state’s offer on the official record during a brief court hearing Thursday. Thines said that if Miner pleads guilty to the aggravated robbery count with an amended one-year firearm specification the state will dismiss the remaining counts.
That offer will remain in place until the defendant’s next scheduled pre-trial on Feb. 24.
According to court documents, Lima police were called to 642 Franklin St. around 12:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in reference to an armed robbery. The victim said she was allowing a female friend to stay at her residence at the time.
She told police was sleeping on the couch when her friend’s boyfriend — “PJ” — woke her up and pointed a gun at her, demanding money, a phone and car keys. The woman said she gave the man $140 and her cell phone.
The victim described “PJ” as a while male about 160 pounds and 5-foot-10 with red hair. Deputies quickly identified the suspect as Miner. The woman later picked him out of a police photo lineup “with 100% certainty,” according to court records.