Second Holton man sentenced in Oaklea Store armed robbery

The second man charged in the April 19 armed robbery of the Oaklea Party Store in Robinson Township has been sentenced.
Becky Vargo
Oct 27, 2011


David Lee Eslick II, 24, of Holton, was ordered to serve between 5 and 20 years in prison for armed robbery, when sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

That time will follow a two-year sentence on a separate conviction of felony firearms. Eslick was credited with 181 days served in jail since being captured shortly after the incident. A hearing on restitution may be held later.

His partner in the robbery, Scott Lee Richardson, 26, also of Holton, was sentenced on July 11 to spend between 6 and 40 years in prison for armed robbery.

Police were called to the store at the intersection of North Cedar Drive and 104th Avenue on April 19 after a masked man entered the store holding a gun, according to Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Mark Bennett.

The men took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register and fled. 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 a short time later on 104th Avenue, north of Lake Michigan Drive, by a detective responding to the scene.

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

A weapon and money from the store were recovered, but not from the vehicle. Bennett did not say where those items were found.


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