Sandusky man pleads guilty to charges in robbery gone wrong

Another defendant accused in January’s botched robbery on Madison Street has struck a deal with prosecutors.
Jessica Cuffman
Oct 17, 2012

Keith Alexander, 21, of Sandusky, has pleaded guilty to complicity to commit aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison, according to court documents.

In exchange, prosecutors dismissed a felonious assault charge and a gun specification, as well as agreeing not to present two other criminal cases to a grand jury.

Alexander will also have to testify against one of his co-defendants, Tion Swain, 23, who faces trial later this month.

Alexander and Swain were accused of helping Justin Stowers, 22, attempt to corner and rob a Cleveland man Jan. 9, after Stowers’ then-girlfriend, Ashlei Kimble-Palmer, 22, lured the man to Sandusky.

At trial in August, a jury convicted Stowers of complicity to commit felonious assault, complicity to commit aggravated robbery, and having weapons under disability. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Kimble-Palmer has been a key witness in the case.

In exchange for a recommendation from prosecutors that she only be sentenced to probation if she pleads guilty to a robbery charge, Kimble-Palmer agreed to testify against Stowers, Alexander and Swain.

At trial, she told jurors  Stowers set up the plan and asked her to bait one of her former customers, Derek Jackson, 41, to come to Sandusky so Stowers could rob him.

She knew Jackson from when she worked as a stripper in Cleveland, according to court testimony.  

Jackson also testified at Swain’s trial, identifying Kimble-Palmer as the woman who had set him up.

Once Kimble-Palmer got Jackson to drive her to the 600 block of Madison St., Alexander and Swain allegedly tried to trap him as he got out of his truck.

Alexander allegedly came from one direction, Swain from the other, both wearing masks and brandishing guns.

Stowers, convicted of setting up the robbery, was a few blocks away from the other three men when Alexander or Swain opened fire on Jackson.

Jackson was also carrying a gun that night. He fired back when Alexander and Swain tried to corner him, and he was able to get back to his truck and flee the area.

One of the bullets fired that evening struck Kimble-Palmer in the foot. When police brought her in for questioning a few days later, the bullet was still lodged in her foot.

Swain’s trial is set to start Oct. 23 and Alexander is scheduled for sentencing after that trial. Court dates for Kimble-Palmer’s case are being rescheduled.

Comments

starryeyes83

Trying to look tough while wearing a cartoon t-shirt.

Just don't make it. Baawahhhaaaa! LOL!

luvblues2

Heh.. he'll see how "billy bad a$$" he seems when he gets his 21 yr. old butt in prison after rattin' out his bud.

RNR

I really cannot believe this girl got off scott free when she set the entire thing up. It was very wrong of all of them and they ALL should be punished.... and not just with probation.

luvblues2

Again, look at the street names when finding out where not to be, at night.

donutshopguy

No more deals. Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. Your "slap on the wrist" policy of prosecution is not working. Criminals have no fear of the present court system.

8ballinthesidepocket

This guy needs to go to a chiropractor to get his neck straightened out or is that the new wannabe thug look? I can remember when the Stowers and Alexander names were highly respected in Sandusky. So much for that.

kURTje

Where thadt neck tat B?

Sit n Spin

Awwww....but they are so cute at this age with their super hero t-shirts and all !

bigrmachine

Well all I have to say
is if he thinks he is a tough guy now wait until he gets his cell ...then there will be another kind of toughing up to do for his soon to be boyfriend...for the love of money and women.

lol

BEHAPPY

Cocky looking PUNK! Sick of them ruining our town!