Accused Robbery Suspects Plead Guilty

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Four suspects in a series of area bank robberies appeared in Common Pleas Court in Muskingum County to plead guilty.

James Jones of Akron and Travis Mettler of Lancaster both plead guilty to a prosecutor’s bill of information consisting of one count engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and four counts of robbery.

Jones waived his pre-sentence investigation and was sentenced to a minimum mandatory prison sentence of 15 years and a maximum prison of 20 and 1/2 years. He was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $30,755 with mandatory post release control of 2-5 years.

Mettler was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison and a maximum of 17 years. He was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $30,755 with mandatory post release control of 2-5 years.

Amber Morrison of Chillicothe and Lindsey Williams of Lancaster both plead guilty to a prosecutor’s bill of information consisting of one count engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Morrison was sentenced to a minimum of 8 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 12 years. She was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $30,755 with post release control of 2-5 years.

Williams was sentenced to a minimum of 6 years in prison and maximum prison sentence of 9 years. She was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $30,755 with mandatory post release control of 18 months to 3 years.

Zanesville Police said that through their investigation into an attempted robbery of North Valley Bank in April they connected the suspects to other bank robberies in Canal Winchester, Chillicothe and Newark.

ZPD worked with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Chillicothe Police Department and Newark Police Department to locate the suspects.

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