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July 4 robbery suspect files guilty plea

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

One of the three suspects in the July 4, 2018 robbery of a Huntington man admitted to planning and executing the robbery that left the victim injured, according to a plea agreement filed at the Huntington County Circuit Court. 

Lawrence Wilson, 25, filed a motion to enter a plea agreement Monday, in which he has pleaded guilty to a Level 3 felong charge of burglary, a Level 5 felony charge of conversion and a Level 5 felony charge of criminal confinement. According to the agreement, The State has agreed to dismiss the Level 3 felony charge of robbery, the Level 6 felony charge of strangulation. 

The agreement states that Wilson and prosecution have agreed to a sentence of nine years, with a cap of four years on the initially executed sentence for burglary, and all three counts will be served concurrently. 

There is still an active warrant for the arrest of James O. Winters, 35. The third suspect, Kye M. Young, is awaiting trail and has a status conference scheduled for tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., after his case was granted continuance.

On July 4 around 11:30 p.m., police responded to a robbery call. The victim told police he was shooting off fireworks with a friend, Young, before he and Young went inside of his apartment to play “Magic,” a card game.

The victim said he locked the door while he was outside and after he and Young came inside, but after playing the game for about five to ten minutes, a man attacked him, while he was sitting at a table with Young, according to police reports.The plea agreement states that Young unlocked the door to allow Winters to enter the apartment, strangle the vitim and tie him up. 

The attacker grabbed the victim by the neck, ripped his keys from his pocket, wrapped something around his face, tied his legs and hands, forced him to the ground and continued to grab him by the neck allegedly saying, “go to sleep,” and when the victim tried to fight back the attacker threatened to kill him, police reports state.

The victim said the suspects stole a TV, an estimated $2,000 worth of “Magic” cards, a gaming system, video games, videos and his car.

The court will review the plea agreement and decide whether it will accept of reject the agreement. Sentencing is scheduled to begin immediately after a decision is reached.