Staff Writer

A Tiffin man pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended charge in the case of last summer’s armed robbery behind Domino’s in downtown Findlay.

Tyrone L. Taylor, 20, pleaded guilty in Hancock County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Starn’s courtroom to robbery, a third-degree felony, with no firearms specification. He was originally indicted by a grand jury for aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, with a firearms specification.

Taylor and three others took a pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes and some marijuana from a victim on July 11, 2018, according to Findlay police.

Only one member of the group had a weapon, but all four of the defendants knew about the gun in advance of the robbery, Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle said when the group was indicted last July.

Taylor will be sentenced May 9.

He is charged in a separate case in Seneca County Common Pleas Court with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony.

He originally pleaded not guilty on Dec. 12, 2018, and has another plea hearing set for March 14, according to court records.

Taylor was one of two men allegedly involved in a robbery in Fostoria on Nov. 3, 2018, according to the Advertiser-Tribune. Marijuana and cash were taken, the newspaper reported.

One of the others involved in the Findlay robbery, Russell G. Ellis, 21, of Tiffin, pleaded guilty in December to an amended charge of robbery, a second-degree felony, with a firearm specification, and was sentenced by Starn to four years in prison.

On Monday, Kelsey M. Murfield, 18, of Delaware, Ohio, pleaded guilty to theft of drugs, a fourth-degree felony. She will be sentenced by Starn on April 22.

The final alleged participant, Roderick C. Michael Jr., 20, of Columbus, will next appear in Starn’s courtroom on March 11 for a pretrial hearing.

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