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Woman, 18, gets probation in Niles robbery case

WARREN — A Warren woman dodged a prison sentence and was given a five-year probation for her part in a Jan. 5, 2021, aggravated burglary and robbery of a Robbins Avenue apartment in Niles.

Kylee Ginnicks, 18, who listed two Warren addresses, was also sentenced by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald J. Rice to the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program to start her term of probation. She had pleaded guilty July 25 to charges of burglary and attempted robbery and could have faced a maximum six years in prison.

Ginnicks’ co-defendants Shane Austin Lee Hall, 18, of Warren and Dakota Allen Phillips, 21, of Southington were both given prison terms for their part in the crime. Court records show that Phillips, who was called the ringleader, was given a indefinite five to 7 1/2 years, while Hall was sentenced from six to nine years.

Ginnicks’ lawyer, Brendan Keating, said his client was “a candidate for probation because of her youth.”

“She got into this group of people that she didn’t realize what she was getting into,” Keating told the judge.

Rice said this would be her last chance — warning her she has to choose different people to hang around with.

Ginnicks told the judge she would be living with her grandmother on Willard Avenue NE in Warren, who has custody of her children.

According to a police report, a Robbins Avenue man reported that two women — identified as Ginnicks and a juvenile ä– came over to his apartment under the guise of a date. He said the females then let the two men inside, and that they had a crowbar and a Taser and robbed him.

According to the report, a PlayStation 4, a Nintendo Switch and an Apple watch were taken and eventually pawned for $210, but prosecutors state the victim did not ask for any restitution.

Assistant Prosecutor Michael Burnett said Ginnicks did not participate in any of the violence. Burnett said the victim did not offer a statement to the court.

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