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Last-minute plea accepted



A defendant set to stand trial today and Friday for assaulting a teenager at a Lakeview gas station tendered a last-minute plea today before Logan County Common Pleas Court Judge Mark S. O’Connor.

Curtis King, 30, of Lakeview, pleaded guilty to a charge of felonious assault. Charges of aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence were dropped as part of the agreement.

The second-degree felony charge still carries with it a maximum 10-year prison term and a fine of $2,500. He is to be sentenced Oct. 8.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart said after the hearing, conducted in the Bellefontaine city building, that this particular offer had been on the table for some time, adding that defense counsel Natalie Bahan approached him just a few minutes before prospective jurors were to be seated and alerted him to the deal.

Mr. King’s co-defendant, Cody Ratliff, 23, of Springfield, was sentenced Monday to local jail time for a charge of obstruction of justice for his role in the robbery and attack of Glen Burden, which occurred last December at a Valero gas station.

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