Flatter enters Alford plea to robbery

GREENVILLE – Sean M. Flatter entered an Alford plea of guilty on one count of robbery on Tuesday in Darke County Common Pleas Court.

Flatter, 36, of Greenville was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday on one charge of robbery and one charge of burglary, both 2nd degree felonies, opting late Monday to agree to a plea deal.

In exchange for dropping the burglary charge, Flatter agreed to enter a guilty plea Tuesday to the amended lesser charge of 3rd degree robbery. An Alford plea is when a defendant maintains his innocence but admits the state has sufficient evidence to convict him and agrees to be treated as guilty.

The incident took place Oct. 4, 2018, when Flatter and a female victim had an altercation in the area of Gray and Washington streets.

According to assistant prosecutor Jim Bennett, Flatter grabbed the victim’s purse and left the scene. Greenville police officers were then unable to locate Flatter, Bennett said.

Flatter’s attorney, David Rohrer told Judge Jonathan P. Hein if he agreed to order an own recognizance bond, Flatter would be living with his parents and working in their business. He also hopes to register to attend a Recovery & Wellness program, Rohrer said.

Hein set a sentencing hearing for March 11 and instructed the county probation department to verify Flatter’s plan for housing and work before releasing him from jail.

PHOTO CAPTION: Sean Flatter appeared Tuesday in Darke County common Pleas Court with attorney David Rohrer.

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