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Man pleads guilty, faces up to 8 years in jail

Courtney Astolfi • Apr 24, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Almost one year to the day of an April 2013 armed robbery, a Sandusky man pleaded guilty Monday to his involvement.

Shakill Fenderson, 20, of the 1600 block of Remington Ave., pleaded guilty to one count of complicity to robbery, a second-degree felony.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop a complicity to commit aggravated burglary charge and a weapons specification, which could have lengthened his prison sentence.

On the afternoon of April 22, 2013, Fenderson and Courtney Yancey, 23, broke into a Water Street apartment and made the resident remove his clothes. They ordered him to the ground at gunpoint, police said, then proceeded to steal cash, his wallet, a set of keys and his cellphone before fleeing the area.

Although the man called police after Fenderson and Yancey fled, they weren’t arrested until two months later.

In mid-June a resident positively identified Fenderson as the robber, and he was arrested on multiple charges. Detectives suspected Fenderson was involved in a string of other violent robberies at the time of his arrest, but no further charges were filed against him.

Fenderson is now awaiting a June 26 sentencing hearing. He faces up to eight years in jail and $15,000 in fines.

Yancey pleaded guilty in September to the same deal Fenderson accepted. She is now serving three years at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville.

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