Warren teen gets five years for robbery

WARREN – A Warren teen was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison in connection to a robbery in Weathersfield in May.

Mar’Quis Gary, 18, 984 Glenwood St. NE, pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery and one count of aggravated burglary before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew D. Logan.

Gary’s attorney, Gary Rich, waived a pre-sentence investigation for his client, and Logan merged the four robbery sentences, making them concurrent to the five years for the aggravated burglary conviction, court officials said.

Gary’s guilty plea headed off an Oct. 11 jury trial scheduled for Logan’s courtroom.

Gary also was indicted on an aggravated robbery charge for a March 9 incident in McDonald. His next court date in that case will be Nov. 3 before Judge Ronald J. Rice. He faces a potential 11-year prison sentence if found guilty.

The teen was arrested by Weathersfield police in May, along with two other suspects, for a robbery on Anderson Morris Road. Police said victims of the robbery followed the suspects down U.S. Route 422 toward Eastwood Mall. The three were then caught by Niles police. Police said a weapon and drugs were found in the suspects’ vehicle.

James Spitler, 18, 31 Fulton St., Niles, who has pleaded not guilty to four counts of complicity to robbery and one count of complicity to aggravated burglary, will appear Oct. 12 before Judge W. Wyatt McKay.

Spitler is free after posting $10,000 bond, jail records show.

Another co-defendant, Jacob Taylor, 18, 1297 DeForest Road, Niles, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor complicity charge May 16 in Niles Municipal Court. Taylor was given a suspended jail sentence and one-year probation by Judge Thomas Townley. Court records also show that Taylor agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the investigation.