ALEXANDRA AYALA listens to a statement given by Phyllis Hall Wednesday in Hancock County Common Pleas Court. Ayala is one of five people convicted in connection with a burglary of Hall’s home in Pleasant Township last December . (Photo by Randy Roberts)


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The final of five defendants in an aggravated burglary case has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Alexandra J. Ayala, 18, of Dunkirk, was sentenced Wednesday by Hancock County Common Pleas Judge Reginald Routson to three years for aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, plus one mandatory year for a firearm specification, which must be served consecutively. She was also sentenced to 16 months for receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, to be served concurrently.

Ayala drove a group of teenagers to Phyllis Hall’s Pleasant Township home in December. Three of them — Deven L. Blythe, 19, of Findlay; Devin A. Kerr, 19, of Bowling Green; and Rodney D. Williams Jr., 18, of Findlay — went inside the home, where they held Hall at gunpoint and took her car.

Ayala and the fifth teen, Hunter J. Kelbley, did not enter Hall’s home. Kelbley, 19, of Upper Sandusky, was sentenced to four years in prison as well.

The sentence Routson imposed on Ayala was jointly recommended by assistant prosecutor Lora Manon and Ayala’s attorney, Drew Mihalik.

A first-degree felony kidnapping charge is being dismissed.

Ayala apologized to Hall in court Wednesday, saying, “I’m very sorry for what happened, and I didn’t want it to happen, and I don’t want you to forgive me. I should’ve done better.”

Hall told Ayala, “you’re very responsible for this terrible thing.”

She added, “I’m disappointed to think that you were out on bail, and had time to go to school, and you didn’t do that either. Once again, responsibility.”

Earlier, Manon referenced a written statement by Ayala that she said showed “little if any remorse” and in which Ayala took less responsibility than Manon had hoped.

Routson said he was “troubled by what I would call the callous nature of your statement” and that there were several points at which Ayala could have stopped.

Mihalik noted that Ayala does not have a criminal history, has reported as required on bond and always tested negative for drugs during her check-ins.

Together, Ayala, Blythe, Kerr, Williams and Kelbley must pay a total of $1,721 in restitution.

Ayala received credit for 48 days already served in jail.

Kerr and Williams both received seven-year prison sentences, and Blythe received seven years and 11 months.

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