Bank Robber Gets Prison Term

CELINA — A Mercer County man convicted of robbing a bank in November was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday afternoon.

Mercer County Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Ingraham imposed the prison sentence on Cody Maxwell, 22, for his role in robbing the Peoples Bank on West Logan Street on Nov. 15. Maxwell previously pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, a second-degree felony. He faced a maximum of eight years in prison on the count.

Before Ingraham handed down the sentence, Maxwell addressed the court. Maxwell, who has a lengthy criminal record dating back to when he was a juvenile, admitted to having a heroin addiction.

“Your honor, I would like to take full responsibility for my actions,” Maxwell said. “During the time I am incarcerated, I would like to better myself and overcome my addiction.”

Kathryn Speelman, Maxwell’s attorney, expanded upon her client’s struggle with heroin addiction. Speelman said she believes Maxwell could benefit from court-ordered counseling upon his release from prison.

Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fox said he believes Maxwell deserved a lengthy prison term given his criminal record as well as the nature of the crime.

“He entered the bank, claimed he had a weapon, demanded cash and fled,” Fox said. “He does that with a juvenile and adult record and for those reasons, the state believes a significant prison term is warranted.”

Ingraham cited Maxwell’s criminal record —  including an incident involving a firearm while he was a juvenile — as a major factor in imposing the six-year prison term.

“Mr. Maxwell, you are 22-years-old and in your short life you have exhibited behavior that is quite disturbing to the court,” Ingraham said, noting Maxwell indicated to bank employees  he had a gun. “You have violated the norms of our community by continuing to commit theft offenses during the past year and a half ... You continue to show your disregard for the rights of others.”

Maxwell must serve at least four years in prison before he can be eligible for early release. If he was sentenced to less than five years, he could have been eligible sooner.