Saturday, August 26, 2000

Teen convicted in robbery attempt

Holdup foiled by BP clerk with gun

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A defense attorney said Joshua Leggett was merely a bystander who knew nothing about his cousin's plan to rob the Springboro BP station at gunpoint on May 24.

        Attorney Roger Staton said Mr. Leggett thought instead that the two had stopped there to try to buy some beer.

        But jurors in Warren County Common Pleas Court decided Friday that Mr. Leggett was a partner to the crime.

        They convicted the 19-year-old Kettering, Ohio, man of aggravated robbery in the holdup that left his cousin, Mike Jenkins, 17, of Dayton, Ohio, wounded. Mr. Jenkins was shot in the arm by BP clerk Steve Holland, who foiled the robbery when he pulled out his own handgun and fired.

        Mr. Leggett and Mr. Jenkins then sped away in their car north on Interstate 75 to Dayton, where Mr. Leggett dropped his cousin off at a hospital emergency room, then went to his grandmother's house.

        Mr. Jenkins, who was to be tried as an adult, pleaded guilty this month to aggravated robbery and a gun specification. He faces up to 13 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 18.

        Mr. Leggett faces the same prison term when he returns to court for sentencing in about a month.

        Assistant Prosecutor James Beaton said Mr. Leggett not only drove the getaway car, but gave his cousin the handgun used in the robbery attempt just before the two entered the store at 940 W. Central Ave. about 11 p.m.

        Mr. Jenkins, who was arrested at Miami Valley Hospital, told police he was using cocaine and other drugs when he committed the crime.


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