MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee sentenced Eric Higgins Jr., 28, of Piqua, to serve two years in prison for third-degree felony attempted robbery of a Piqua Kroger store on Feb. 6.
Higgins apologized for the incident, stating, “I let drugs take over my life,” and adding that his drug addiction was the most severe it had ever been at the time of the incident.
Judge Gee noted that the court received a letter from the cashier who was held up in the incident and told Higgins he had traumatized her since he told her he had had a gun during the robbery and it was ” a scary thing to endure” while working as a cashier.
Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Janna Parker listed Higgins’ lengthy criminal record, adding Higgins has a second-degree felony. According to reports, shortly after midnight on the Feb. 6, Higgins entered the Kroger store and passed a note to an employee “demanding money and if she did not cooperate, she could be shot.”
Higgins was located hiding inside a cabinet at his girlfriend’s residence and taken into custody without incident.
He will serve three years of post-release control. He was given 78 days of jail credit. Judge Gee encouraged Higgins to take advantage of the prison programs for his drug addiction.
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