GREENVILLE – The driver of the vehicle involved in the Jan. 6 armed robbery at Walgreens in Greenville will spend the next six years in prison.
Antwan Thompson, now 18, was one of four juveniles who were charged with the robbery, which netted $10,000 in prescription drugs.
Thompson, who was 17 when the offense took place, is from Indianapolis, said assistant prosecutor Deborah Quigley.
Thompson remained in a minivan while three other juveniles went inside the store around 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6. Two of the juveniles went behind the drug counter area and demanded drugs. One juvenile remained near the front of the store, Quigley said.
On Thursday, May 10, Thompson entered a guilty plea before Judge Jonathan P. Hein in Darke County Common Pleas Court.
He was initially charged with one count of aggravated robbery which carries a gun specification with a mandatory three-year prison sentence, and one count of receiving stolen property.
As part of the mutually agreed upon plea deal between the state and Thompson’s attorney, David Rohrer, the second charge was dropped.
Hein accepted Thompson’s guilty plea and sentenced him to three years for the robbery charge with an additional three years for the gun specification, to run consecutively.
Thompson will be eligible for judicial release after three and a half years.
When given the opportunity to speak, Thompson asked Hein if after three and a half years he would consider a judicial release.
Hein told Thompson if an early release motion is filed it would be considered and that he would “look at the institutional” reports that will be kept concerning Thompson’s behavior in prison along with any progress he is making to reform his behavior.
Hein also told Thompson he didn’t “expect you to be be perfect in prison. Not many are” and cautioned him to resist pressure from older people who “are putting young people up to this kind of conduct. That can happen in prison too.”
Thompson, who is a father and was supposed to graduate this spring, told Hein “I know I made a mistake. I need to deal with it like a man.”
Rohrer told Hein he has “seen somewhat of a change in Antwan since the beginning. We’ll see if he has a desire in prison to better himself.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Antwan Thompson with defense attorney David Rohrer, listens to Judge Jonathan P. Hein during his sentencing hearing on Thursday. (Susan Hartley photo)