Teens plead not guilty to robbery charge

PAXTON — Two Piper City teens pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of attempted aggravated robbery in connection with an incident on Halloween morning in which they allegedly entered a bank in Roberts while wearing disguises and pointing BB guns at people.

Ford County State's Attorney Matt Fitton said Judge Steve Pacey found probable cause during Monday's preliminary hearing to move forward with the prosecution of Ryan A. Redmon, 19, and Damon J. Lee, 18. Pretrial hearings were set for Dec. 18 for each.

Both remained at the Ford County jail on Monday, with bond set at $100,000 for Redmon and $75,000 for Lee.

Each is charged with one count of attempted aggravated robbery, a Class 2 felony punishable by three to seven years in prison, in connection with the Oct. 31 crime at the Vermilion Valley Bank, 136 E. Green St., Roberts.

Redmon and Lee never demanded or took any money while in the bank, police said, and no injuries were reported. The document charging the two teens alleges that they "performed a substantial step toward the commission" of a robbery through their actions.

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rsp wrote on November 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Some people don't realize that it's a crime to go into a place of business and say "this is a robbery" even as a joke. There have been people who have had heart attacks and died when this happened. I assume these guys thought they were playing a joke. I guess it's not so funny now. 

alabaster jones 71 wrote on November 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm
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I agree that what these two young men did was grossly irresponsible and foolish, but what good would sending them to prison for attempted robbery do?  We would all be footing the cost of that decision.

First, there is the cost of incarcerating both of them for three to seven years.

Second, there is the cost of them likely being a burden to society, both financial and possibly otherwise, for the rest of their lives due to the fact that it will be nearly impossible for either of them to ever get a decent paying job with an attempted robbery conviction.  What do a lot of people do in that situation?  Go back to crime...it's the only "career field" that wants them.

Plus, once released, both figure to have HIV and/or other sexually transmitted diseases, which could then be transmitted to others.  I doubt that a couple 19 year old kids from Ford County would last very long in a state prison without being raped repeatedly.

rsp wrote on November 19, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Hopefully after they have sat a little while they will get a plea deal for probation with some community service. Now if they have histories of being stupid maybe that should be looked into. 

Orbiter wrote on November 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Dare I say it?  yes....

"It's all fun and games until someone puts an eye out!"

 

8-)