MIAMI COUNTY — A sentencing hearing for a suspect involved in an armed robbery that was originally set to take place Monday was continued and rescheduled for next month in Miami County Common Pleas Court.
Keason A. Twitty, 18, of Dayton, was scheduled to be sentenced for first-degree felony aggravated burglary with a three-year firearm specification, first-degree felony conspiracy to commit burglary, and second-degree felonious assault after filing a guilty plea earlier this year. Twitty will now be sentenced on April 17 at 9:30 a.m.
The news of the continuance caused a minor disruption in other unrelated court proceedings after supporters of Twitty were relieved to hear it.
Twitty was one of multiple suspects reportedly involved in the armed robbery of a Union Township home on Sept. 30. During the home invasion on Sept. 30, Twitty was shot by the homeowner outside of the home on North Montgomery County Line Road. The homeowner called 911 and said a group of men kicked in the door of his house and shot at him. It is believed the home was targeted for narcotics. The homeowner told deputies he got his own gun and fired back, hitting Twitty in the leg. Twitty was transported by Careflight for treatment of his injuries.
After being arraigned in December, Twitty was released on his own recognizance and ordered to have no contact with the victim or co-defendants in the case.
Co-defendant in the case Kristian Martinez, 22, of Phillipsburg, was arraigned on one count of aggravated robbery with a firearm specification and one count of second-degree felony conspiracy to commit burglary in December. Martinez’s counsel advised he had no prior record. Martinez was released on his own recognizance and ordered to have no contact with the victim or co-defendants.
According to Major Steve Lord, Martinez was the driver of the getaway vehicle in the incident.
Martinez is scheduled to go to trial on March 28 with a motion to suppress hearing to be held on March 16 at 1:30 p.m
Another suspect in the case is also back in Ohio and incarcerated in the Miami County Jail. The United States Marshals Service apprehended Eric Santos, 21, in New York City on Nov. 30.
Santos was arraigned on felony charges of aggravated burglary with a firearm specification, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, and felonious assault Monday in Miami County Common Pleas Court. His bond was set at $200,000. If he posts bond, he was ordered not to leave Ohio.
Another suspect, James Benton, turned himself in through his attorney in October. He is scheduled to go to trial on March 28 as well.
In other news:
• A suspect who reportedly hid stolen weapons, including one that non-fatally shot an 11-year-old boy in Piqua in December, failed to appear for his sentencing hearing.
Chad D. Miller II, 23, of Piqua, was scheduled to be sentenced for fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Monday. He entered a guilty plea earlier this month. Miller was also originally charged with tampering with evidence, which was dismissed. He was charged in December after he hid three stolen weapons on his property on the 500 block of Gordon Street in Piqua after a shooting took place on Dec. 15.
Levi D. Harrison, 21, of Piqua, allegedly shot the 11-year-old male victim with one of three stolen guns. Police believe the shooting was the result of reckless handling of the stolen firearm. After the victim was shot, he rode his bicycle home and tried to pass his injuries off as a bicycle accident. It was Dayton Children’s Medical Hospital staff who realized the victim had been shot.
Harrison was charged with second-degree felonious assault and third-degree felony theft, which have been bound over to Miami County Common Pleas Court. He is being held at the Miami County Jail.
A warrant for Miller’s arrest is expected to be issued due to his failure to appear in court.
• A pre-trial conference was held for Robert T. Daniels, Jr., 32, of Piqua, on Monday who was indicted in Miami County Common Pleas Court for first-degree felony rape. Daniels is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 10. The investigation began after Piqua Central Intermediate School contacted the Piqua Police Department in early December. Daniels reportedly knew the victim.
According to Miami County Municipal Court records, there were approximately 10 incidences of sexual conduct that took place over two years. The alleged sexual conduct was digital penetration. The incidences reportedly took place at private residences in Piqua. Daniels is continuing to be held at the Miami County Jail.
• Robert Michael T. Bolin, 25, of Covington, was sentenced to serve 16 months in prison for fourth-degree felony failure to register as a sex offender and fourth-degree felony breaking and entering and trespass in habitation in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Monday.
• Justin M. Johnson, 26, of Tipp City, was sentenced to serve one year in prison for five counts of forgery and five counts of receiving stolen property, all felonies of the fifth degree, on Monday.
• Brooks M. Smith, 21, of Piqua, was sentenced to serve two years in prison for third-degree felony burglary on Monday.
Reach Sam Wildow at firstname.lastname@example.org or (937) 451-3336