ATM robber gets 12 years

WARREN – A Warren man with a history of violence was sentenced to 12 years behind bars Thursday after pleading guilty to a variety of charges in connection with the robbery of a local couple at an automatic teller machine last October.

According to police, Timothy Lamarr Keene, 24, of Ohio Avenue N.W., was found with $600 the couple had just withdrawn from the ATM in the parking lot of the Hot Dog Shoppe on West Market Street.

Assistant county prosecutor Chris Becker said the couple threw their cell phone in bushes near the crime scene and then retrieved it to call 911 dispatchers moments after they were held up.

Warren police found Keene and the weapon within minutes in the 100 block of Parkman Road, according to Becker. They also found a loaded magazine for a pistol in his rear pocket. The pistol was found on the ground nearby, Becker said.

The victims quickly identified Keene as the bandit. He also had identification that was stolen from one of the victims.

Becker dismissed the specification that identifies Keene as a past violent offender in order to gain guilty pleas to two counts of aggravated robbery with firearm specifications, tampering with evidence and having weapons while under disability.

Judge Ronald Rice gave Keene concurrent nine-year sentences on the robbery charges and an additional three years for the firearm specifications. He got concurrent 36-month sentences on the other two charges.

In 2007, Keene was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to felonious assault after confronting a man in the former Corner Pocket Bar on East Market Street.

Prosecutors said the victim in that case was kicked and stomped in the head and suffered severe head injuries.