By RYAN DUNN
The accomplice in a Findlay robbery and shooting was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison.
Derick R. Curry Jr., 25, of Findlay, apologized in Hancock County Common Pleas Court for his role in the Dec. 19 break-in at 222 Prospect Ave. He previously pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony.
Curry maintained he was fearful of co-defendant Tyrel Jones and did not intend to commit the crime.
“I do understand that I was wrong. Whether I was more wrong or less wrong than Mr. Jones, I still was wrong,” Curry said.
The robbery stemmed from Jones believing a resident of the rental home possessed drugs, police said. Curry was arrested in Detroit about three months after his indictment, they said.
Jones, 23, of Findlay, was sentenced in February to 11 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to shooting Christopher Ingleston in the torso with a .40-caliber handgun.
There is a “vast disparity” in culpability between Curry and Jones, said Drew Wortman, Curry’s attorney.
Jones possessed and fired the gun, Wortman said. Jones instructed Curry to move the residents around the home and fetch water for the shooting victim, Wortman said.
Curry had a drug addiction and realizes he needs help, Wortman said.
Curry should be sentenced to community control sanctions, or a prison term of four years or fewer, Wortman said.
Judge Reginald Routson rejected that request. Curry joined a crime that left Ingleston seriously injured and several housemates frightened, the judge said.
Curry portrayed himself as an observer, but his possession of a knife and ski mask seemed “more than coincidental,” Routson said. Aiding and abetting deserves similar punishment, Routson said.
“I have a great deal of difficulty, Mr. Curry, envisioning a circumstance where you were an unwitting and involuntary participant in this conduct,” Routson said.