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Violent crime gets double time

Courtney Astolfi • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

A Sandusky man received double the amount of prison time he was expecting during a sentencing hearing Thursday for a violent 2012 home invasion.


Takye Fenderson, now 23, 2000 block Foxborough Circle, will serve 12 years for the crimes.

In October 2012, Fenderson was one of three men who stormed a Perry Street home in what police believe was an attempted robbery.

Inside was Robert Garrett, 67. The men brutally beat Garrett, throwing him through a glass door and yanking away his phone as he tried to call 911.

Fenderson was hit with a slew of charges, and was ultimately indicted on 27 counts — most of which were felonies, according to court documents.

He chose to take a plea deal in September, agreeing to plead guilty to two counts complicity to commit aggravated robbery, documents stated.

As part of that plea, prosecutors told Fenderson he would receive six years in prison, his attorney, Jack Bradley, argued Thursday in court.

Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Tygh Tone said he was not beholden to that agreement.

Bradley contended it was incumbent upon Tone to make it clear during earlier hearings that Fenderson may receive a lengthier sentence.

“If you want to withdraw your plea, you can,” Tone responded, saying Bradley could opt for a jury trial if he preferred.

Tone cited Garrett’s testimony before the court, which detailed the violent attack he sustained at the hands of Fenderson and his cohorts.

“I’ve lived on Perry Street for 46 years and never had a break-in,” Garrett later told the Register.

He pointed to his right eye, which he lost as a result of the attack. “Now it’s gone” Garrett said.

But during a statement in his own defense, Fenderson argued for leniency.

“Everyone makes mistakes,” he said. “I’m not an angel, but I’m far from a bad person”

In the end, Tone sentenced Fenderson to 12 years. Bradley immediately asked for Tone to appoint an appeals attorney to the case — indicating Fenderson’s intention to fight the sentence.

Fenderson began to argue with Tone’s decision, with the judge cutting him off and ordering deputies to handcuff him.

As they escorted him from the room, he dropped a string of profanities. “I’m young as (expletive), that’s crazy man” Fenderson said.

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