Piqua man to serve 3 years for robbery

A man jumped in the river after Dunn, 18, held a BB gun to his head

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com




MIAMI COUNTY — On Monday, a Piqua man was sentenced to serve three years in prison for threatening a man with a gun during a robbery attempt earlier this year.

Blake Dunn, 18, of Piqua, did not make a statement during his sentencing hearing for the felony robbery attempt on Feb. 27 in Piqua.

Dunn will also serve three years of mandatory post-release control and was granted 84 days of jail time credit.

The court considered Dunn’s prior criminal history as a juvenile including aggravated robbery and a number of probation violations such as drug possession offenses. It was Dunn’s first felony conviction as an adult.

Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee told Dunn he believed the victim undoubtedly suffered psychological harm from Dunn holding a BB gun, made to look like a real weapon, to the victim’s head. The victim jumped in the Great Miami River to escape Dunn during the robbery attempt.

Judge Gee told Dunn there was life after imprisonment and to continue to work hard during his time in prison. Dunn had completed his high school diploma during his jail time, according to his attorney Steve Layman.

In other news:

A Troy man was sentenced to serve two years in prison for felony aggravated robbery as part of a group of three other men who pistol-whipped a Troy man in a hotel room last October.

Braxtyn Dickerson, 21, of Troy, apologized to the court “for this nonsense.”

As part of the plea agreement, Dickerson’s community control for a prior offense was terminated. He was granted 73 days of jail time credit.

After handing down the sentence, Judge Gee told Dickerson he has made “some very serious mistakes” in his life and Dickerson needs to “not just talk about” staying out of trouble with the law.

Last October, the victim, Thomas McQueary, 22, of Troy, called 9-1-1 claiming he had been robbed and beaten with a handgun at the America’s Best Value Inn in Troy. The assault was related to marijuana.

McQueary was treated for the major head wound at Upper Valley Medical Center.

Dickerson fled and was later apprehended on a warrant on March 31.


A man jumped in the river after Dunn, 18, held a BB gun to his head

By Melanie Yingst