New Paris man pleads guilty to robbery

A 25-year-old man pleaded guilty to robbery for his involvement in an armed robbery June 24.
Posted on Sept. 6, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 6, 2013 at 4:17 p.m.

GOSHEN — A New Paris man admitted to his involvement in a robbery at an Elkhart convenience store Thursday in Elkhart’s Circuit Court.

Justin Kearney, 25, pleaded guilty to robbery resulting in bodily injury, a Class B felony. Kearney agreed to a sentence of six years in prison and four years on probation. The court dismissed Kearney’s second count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Kearney admitted to acting as the driver in a robbery that happened June 15 at The Neighborhood Convenience Store, 1712 Oakland Ave.

Police were dispatched at about 8 p.m. to the store on reports of a robbery. The owner of the store told police one of the two men grabbed him from behind and pushed him to the ground while the other man looked for money.

The owner, who was alone at the time of the robbery, suffered injuries to his neck, legs and chest.

A week after the robbery Joshua Bagwell, 19, of Nappanee, turned himself in at the Nappanee Police Station and helped officers locate the other suspects from the robbery. Kearney was arrested June 24.

During an interview with police, Kearney admitted to having used his car to flee from the robbery.

Kearney’s sentencing hearing will be Oct. 10.

Kearney’s codefendants, Bagwell, Kayla Losee and Andrew Ormanovich, all face charges in Circuit Court. Bagwell was charged with robbery resulting in bodily injury and battery committed by means of a deadly weapon.

Ormanovich, 20, was charged with two counts of robbery as Class B felonies, and Losee, 19, was charged with robbery as a Class C felony.

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