NEWARK – Tisha Huckabaa entered guilty pleas to three first-degree felony expenses in a Licking County courtroom Monday, but she stated she had no selection but to commit the crimes.

“These people showed up at my door with guns and said get in the car,” the 38-year-old Newark lady stated. “What do I do?”

Huckabaa entered guilty pleas to two counts of kidnapping and one rely of aggravated theft earlier than Judge Thomas Marcelain Monday morning.

Assistant Licking County Prosecutor Cliff Murphy stated Huckabaa drove three males to the Starlite Motel in Heath on Oct. 13. The three males, recognized as Robert Sharff Jr., Jesse Workman and Erik Grennell, allegedly pressured their means right into a room there and pulled firearms on the person inside.

Murphy stated one of many three males fired a weapon whereas within the lodge room and stole cash and medicines earlier than putting the sufferer on the top, knocking him unconcious.

Workman, Sharff and Grennell reportedly stuffed the sufferer into the trunk of Huckabaa’s car.

The quartet then contacted and arrange a gathering with an individual whom the lodge room sufferer had given cash to, Murphy stated. When the assembly happened a short while later at an condominium complicated in Newark, the robbers once more pulled a gun, demanded the second sufferer’s cash and compelled him into the car.

Murphy stated Huckabaa continued to drive the car till it was pulled over by police and the victims have been situated within the backseat and the trunk.

Huckabaa informed police she didn’t know what was happening contained in the car, but two of her codefendants advised officers she knew what was occurring, Murphy stated. 

During Monday’s listening to, Huckabaa initially was hesitant to change her plea, saying she was not totally glad with the recommendation of her lawyer, Stephen Wolfe.

“I came in on some pretty severe charges and I’m leaving on some pretty severe charges,” she stated. 

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Marcelain requested Huckabaa if she needed her lawyer to change the information of the case, at which level Huckabaa stated she was glad.

Huckabaa additionally expressed concern over which women’s jail she can be despatched to due to restricted programming choices provided and her incapability to take part in a canine fostering program. 

Marcelain finally sentenced Huckabaa to seven years in jail, three of that are obligatory.

The sentence displays a joint suggestion provided by Wolfe and Murphy.

Workman is presently scheduled for a plea listening to in February. Grennell and Sharff are set for trial in February and April, respectively.

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