MACEDONIA — A Shaker Heights man and a Cleveland woman pleaded guilty to first-degree felony aggravated robbery and were sentenced Tuesday in connection with an armed robbery in a Macedonia Commons Boulevard parking lot last September.
According to Summit County Court of Common Pleas records, Judge Jill Lanzinger sentenced Demetrius T. Hale, 20, who also pleaded guilty to a firearm specification, to six years in prison and Yasshi M. Johnson, also 20, to four years in prison.
As part of a plea deal, additional charges of fourth-degree felony grand theft of a motor vehicle and first-degree misdemeanor theft against Hale and Johnson were dismissed, as was a firearm specification against Johnson.
Donald Hicks, Hale’s attorney, declined to comment. Johnson’s attorney did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Macedonia police said that a man flagged down a police officer patrolling the Walmart parking lot and reported he was robbed at gunpoint at about 10 p.m. Sept. 25.
The man told police he was in a 2002 Ford Windstar when Johnson approached and asked to use his cell phone. The man said that after he gave her his phone to use Hale suddenly appeared and pointed what looked like a handgun at his face and threatened to shoot him if he did not get out of the vehicle.
The man said he got out and was told to lie on the ground while Johnson backed the vehicle out of its parking space, Hale got in and they drove away.
Police said they were able to see the robbery on store security video and traced the phone to Cleveland’s southeast side, where Cleveland police stopped the vehicle with Hale and Johnson in it at about 12:20 a.m.
Police said a BB gun was found in the vehicle.
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