Huron County deputies arrested Garry Ellis, 21, at a Derussey Road home near Collins on Oct. 24 after they searched the area for a suspect who had pointed a handgun at a stranger and allegedly shot at a neighbor.
Ellis told deputies he committed the robbery because he needed money. He had walked up the road to rob a landscaper mowing at a cemetery. He took the man’s cell phone and wallet, pulled out a handgun and walked the victim into a storage shed at the cemetery before driving off in the victim’s truck, which was hauling a trailer carrying a lawn mower, deputies said.
Ellis soon stopped at the side of the road, close to the home where he was staying. Curious neighbors tried to talk to him, but Ellis took off through a field on foot and allegedly fired a single shot at one of them.
When deputies searched the area, they didn’t know Ellis was their suspect. They found him at his home and initially detained him on a warrant out of Cuyahoga County, but Ellis soon admitted he was the one who had robbed the landscaper.
At a pretrial hearing Friday, appearing with his attorney Michael Jackson, Ellis pleaded guilty to a single charge of aggravated robbery, a firstdegree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison. He also admitted to a firearm specification as part of the plea agreement.
In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed charges of abduction, felonious assault, theft of a firearm, theft of a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence, as well as other firearm specifications.
Huron County Common Pleas Court Judge James Conway handed down a 12-year sentence, according to court records.