Staff Writer

A teenager pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge stemming from an armed robbery last summer behind Domino’s Pizza in Findlay.

Kelsey M. Murfield, 18, of Delaware, Ohio, pleaded guilty in Hancock County Common Pleas Court to theft of drugs, a fourth-degree felony.

Murfield and three others took a pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes and some marijuana from the victim, Findlay police said.

The theft charge was an amended charge. Originally, Murfield was indicted by a grand jury for aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. The prosecution and defense asked that a firearms specification be dismissed.

Tyrone L. Taylor, 20, of Tiffin; Roderick C. Michael Jr., 20, of Columbus; and Russell G. Ellis, 21, of Tiffin; were also indicted on July 31, 2018, for aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony.

Each charge had a firearm specification attached.

Only one weapon was used in the robbery, but all four of the defendants knew about it in advance, Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle said when the group was indicted.

Ellis pleaded guilty in December to an amended charge of robbery, a second-degree felony, with a firearm specification.

He was sentenced to three years in prison for the robbery, plus another year for the specification, to be served consecutively.

Taylor’s plea hearing is scheduled for Thursday. Michael’s next court date is a pretrial hearing on March 11.

Murfield will be sentenced by Judge Jonathan Starn on April 22.

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