MIAMI COUNTY — A Dayton man pleaded guilty to felony robbery in connection with an incident in Piqua earlier this year in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday.
Hassan O. Purdie, 24, of Dayton, waived his right to a grand jury indictment. His plea was part of a plea agreement with the state that amended down his original charge of first-degree felony aggravated robbery down to third-degree felony robbery.
The charge is in connection with an incident that took place in March on the 400 block of Wood Street in Piqua. According to Piqua police reports, a Piqua resident “stated a male pointed a handgun at him and another male removed all the items from his person after striking him in the head.”
Taylor K. Spencer, 22, also of Dayton, was charged in connection with that incident as well. He was charged with complicity and there is still a warrant out for his arrest.
Purdie is facing a maximum sentence of 36 months in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. Purdie is scheduled to be sentenced on July 5.
Judge Jeannine Pratt ordered that Purdie’s cash bond of $50,000 be continued due to “the seriousness of the crime.”
In other news:
Elizabeth Yearsley, 36, of Piqua, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree felony trafficking heroin and fifth-degree felony possession of heroin in Miami County Commons Pleas Court on Wednesday.
The charges are in connection with a drug search warrant served at a residence on the 300 block of Young Street in Piqua in March. The Piqua Police Department had received multiple tips regarding possible drug trafficking at the home. Officers began an investigation and established probable cause to obtain the drug-related search warrant. During the search, suspected drugs and paraphernalia were reportedly discovered.
Yearsley was reportedly found in the home along with her nine-year-old son and a 10-year-old niece.
Yearsley waived her right to a grand jury indictment. Her plea was part of a plea agreement with the state in which one of her original charges of third-degree felony tampering with evidence was dismissed.
Yearsley is facing up to 18 months in prison for trafficking heroin and 12 months in prison for possession of heroin. She is also facing a maximum fine of $7,500.
Yearsley is scheduled to be sentenced on June 27. She was released from the Miami County Jail on Wednesday on her own recognizance. Her conditions for her release are that she must appear at the Miami County Recovery Council (MCRC) within 24 hours and have an assessment scheduled. She needs to continued to comply with her addiction treatment, she cannot use drugs or alcohol, she cannot leave the state, she must notify the court if she moves, and she must contact her public defender every 10 days.
“I know you face an addiction, but it’s time to be under the microscope,” Pratt said.
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