Robinson Twp. store robber sentenced

One of two men charged with the armed robbery of the Oaklea Party Store in Robinson Township was sentenced Monday to serve between six and 40 years in prison. Scott Lee Richardson, 26, was also ordered to pay $20 in restitution and $198 in fines and costs. The Holton man was given credit for 83 days served in jail since the April incident. Richardson pleaded guilty to a charge of armed robbery June 6 in Ottawa County Circuit Court. In exchange for his guilty plea, a charge of being an habitual offender was dropped.
Becky Vargo
Jul 12, 2011


Richardson and David Lee Eslick II, 23, also of Holton, were arrested shortly after the Oaklea Party Store, 10398 N. Cedar Drive, was robbed by gunpoint on the afternoon of April 19.

Eslick, who is in jail on $45,000 bond on charges of armed robbery and felony firearms, awaits final disposition on his case. He was scheduled to enter a plea on June 13, but that did not happen, according to a spokesperson from the Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. A trial scheduled to start on Thursday has been adjourned.

No other court hearings have been scheduled for Eslick at this point.

Police were called to the store at the intersection of North Cedar Drive and 104th Avenue on April 19 after a masked man entered holding a gun and took money from the cash register, according to Lt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. A shot was fired outside the store, but nobody was injured, Bennett said.

A store employee provided police with a description of the suspects’ vehicle, which was pulled over on 104th Avenue, north of Lake Michigan Drive, by a detective responding to the scene.

The two suspects were arrested without incident within an hour of the robbery, Bennett said.

A weapon and money from the store were recovered, but not from the vehicle. Bennett would not reveal that location at the time.


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