GREENVILLE – In a video arraignment on Monday from West Central Juvenile Detention Center in Troy, Ishmeal Luster became the first of four suspects to answer to charges in adult court for allegedly robbing the Greenville Walgreens in January. According to Deborah Quigley, assistant prosecuting attorney, Luster was bound over from Juvenile Court to face the charges in Darke County Common Pleas Court.
Luster is facing Aggravated Robbery charges, but as Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathon Hein explained, the charges also specify that “while attempting, committing or fleeing after a theft offense you had a deadly weapon about your person or your control, displayed it, brandished it or indicated possession.”
The Aggravated Robbery charge carries up to 11 years in prison and a $20,000 fine and the gun specification carries a mandatory three years in prison.
Luster is believed to be one of four male suspects that robbed Walgreens just before 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6. The suspects were found a couple blocks away on Park Drive.
All four suspects were transported to West Central Juvenile Detention Center.
A not guilty plea was submitted by Luster’s defense attorney.
Quigley asked that bond be continued at $150,000 due to the nature of the offense and because a firearm was used and the defendant is not from Darke County. Luster’s attorney reminded the judge that bond is not meant to be a punishment, but rather to assure the defendant will return for court proceedings. He asked for a $10,000 bond and agreed to electronic monitoring. Judge Hein continued the $150,000 bond and asked Luster’s attorney to come back with something that would bridge the gap better than going from $150,000 down to $10,000.
PHOTO CAPTION: Ishmeal Luster pleaded not guilty from West Central Juvenile Detention Center to Aggravated Robbery charges with a gun specification.