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Second Holton man sentenced in Oaklea Store armed robbery

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:11 AM

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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