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Teen gets 3 years for crime spree


ELYRIA — A teenager who escaped the county Juvenile Detention Home and went on a 20-hour crime spree with another escapee will spend three years in prison.

Kevin Roe, 18, will also be placed on three years probation once he’s released, and if he runs afoul of the law during that time, he’ll be sent to prison for another eight years, county Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi said Friday.


Miraldi also ordered Roe to repay nearly $17,000.

Roe, of North Ridgeville, pleaded guilty in May to charges of escape, failure to comply with police, burglary and receiving stolen property in connection with the Oct. 22 break-out he staged with Joshua Lehman.

Roe also pleaded guilty to unrelated burglary, theft and safecracking charges stemming from an August burglary in Columbia Station.

The two teens, who were 17 at the time of the escape, broke out of the detention home through a window after finding a supervisor’s office door unlocked. During the next 20 hours, the pair stole two trucks, broke into a LaGrange Township home and stole a wallet.

They also stole cash bags and a worker’s lunch in a delivery truck parked at Midview High School.

The teens crashed a stolen truck they were driving as they tried to pass another vehicle on state Route 301 as a county sheriff’s deputy chased them.

Lehman, of Columbia Station, also pleaded out to charges in connection with the case. He was charged as a juvenile and could remain in custody until his 21st birthday.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or 

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