Troy man sentenced for possession of child pornography

Bank robbery accomplice pleads guilty to amended charge

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — A Troy man maintained his claim he was gathering child pornography images to turn over to law enforcement during his sentencing hearing on Monday.

In Miami County Common Pleas Court, Judge Jeannine Pratt sentenced Billy Hensley, 37, of Troy, to serve seven years in prison on 10 counts of second degree felony pandering obscenity of minors. Hensley will serve the sentences concurrently.

Prior to sentencing, Hensley apologized to the court and claimed he received no sexual gratification from the images which he said he had “every intention to hand over” the images to law enforcement.

Judge Pratt stated Hensley expressed no genuine remorse for his actions which she called “abhorrent.”

“This was no accident,” said Judge Pratt, reprimanding his actions which she said encourages perpetrators to create a market for child pornography.

Hensley received 137 days of jail credit and was labeled a Tier II sex offender for the next 25 years. Hensley will serve five years of post-release control following his release from prison.

Hensley was charged after a Troy Police Department detective traced Hensley’s online activity through a special task force with the FBI. Hensley’s computer had child pornography photos of young girls and teens. Hensley allegedly told authorities he was downloading the material to turn over to the FBI.

Miller pleads guilty to amended charge for bank robbery

Jeremy Miller, 32, of Huber Heights, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of third degree felony robbery and fifth degree felony receiving stolen property by a bill of information for his role in the Abbey Credit Union robbery on Dec. 4.

Miller was arraigned on the new charges as part of a plea agreement with state prosecutors to waive the merger of the two charges and will serve consecutive sentences on each count. He could serve up to four years in prison for the robbery charge and up to 12 months on the receiving stolen property charge.

Miller was originally charged with first degree felony complicity to aggravated robbery. Judge Pratt ordered Miller to complete an expedited pre-sentencing investigation. His sentencing hearing was tentatively scheduled for June 13.

Miller’s half brother Justin Higbee allegedly robbed the Abbey Credit Union Bank on Dec. 4. Miller assisted by driving the getaway car from the scene. Higbee allegedly entered the credit union on Friday and handed a note to a teller indicating he was armed and demanded money.

Higbee entered a plea of guilty for first degree felony robbery last week.

Later that evening, Higbee was arrested during a drug trafficking stop in Butler Township at the Red Roof Inn on Miller Lane. Miller also was arrested in the 7300 block of Colegrove Drive in Huber Heights on an unrelated charge.

The car and clothing related to the robbery were recovered at the Huber Heights residence.

The Troy Police Department also issued a search warrant at the Red Roof Inn on Miller Lane and recovered several thousand dollars of the stolen money.

Piqua man to serve 36 months for robbery

Jeremy Doll, 38, of Piqua was sentenced to 36 months in prison for third degree robbery in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Monday.

On Nov. 28, Doll reportedly went with James E. Wright on the attempted robbery of a Piqua man whom Wright shot in the head. The victim survived the incident.

Doll allegedly “acted as if he had a gun under (his) shirt” during the incident.

In connection with that incident, James E. Wright, 35, shot Robert V. Smith, 35, of Piqua, during an attempted robbery, according to Piqua police reports. Wright allegedly wanted money from Smith and reportedly fired multiple shots during an attempt to rob him. After being shot, Smith apparently went to 304 1/2 S. Main St. seeking help. Wright allegedly followed the wounded man, still attempting to rob him.

Wright was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for attempted murder, aggravated robbery and weapons under disability charges last month.
Bank robbery accomplice pleads guilty to amended charge

By Melanie Yingst