Webster sentenced to prison for Rambler’s Roost robbery
Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:01 AM
VAN WERT — A Van Wert man, charged with robbing Rambler’s Roost on Dec. 15, was sentenced to prison on Wednesday. Trent Webster, 49, was given a prison term of 18 months for fourth-degree felony grand theft and 24 months in prison for third-degree felony robbery. The terms are to be served concurrently.
Trent Webster stands in court Wednesday, listening as he is sentenced to 24 months in prison in connection with the December robbery at the Rambler’s Roost on Lincoln Highway. Webster was one of 13 persons to make court appearances in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas Wednesday morning. (dhi MEDIA/Ed Gebert)
Webster and James R. Reynolds, 34, Fort Jennings were captured by authorities the day after Webster was observed on surveillance video demanding money from a Rambler’s Roost employee, and threatening that an accomplice was with him who would come in and make trouble if the money was not handed over. Webster later claimed that Reynolds had forced Webster to commit the robbery by threatening to go in and “shoot up the place” if he did not cooperate.
During the sentencing hearing, Judge Charles D. Steele read a list of Webster’s prior convictions dating back into the 1990s. On that list were several counts of passing bad checks, as well as theft, misuse of a credit card, and obstructing official business. He was granted 163 days credit for time already served in this case and was ordered to pay $550 restitution to Rambler’s Roost and court costs.
Also on Wednesday in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas, Todd Hundley, 41, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree felony charge of failure to register as a sex offender. Steele sentenced Hundley to six months in prison Credit was given for 107 days already served in custody on this charge. Hundley was also ordered to pay court costs.
Erin Bradford, 21, Celina, pleaded guilty to a second-degree misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. She took advantage of a plea agreement offer, lowering her original charge from fifth-degree felony obstructing justice. Bradford was sentenced to one year of community control, fined $500 with $250 of that fine suspended, and pay fees and court costs. A 90-day jail sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Ford Wilson, 30, Van Wert, admitted violating his probation by failing to tell his probation officer his current address, by not bring truthful about his address, by failing to report to probation since July 2013, and by failing to show proof of employment. Wilson was sentenced to spend up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima as part of three years of community control. Twelve months of prison time was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Adam Partin, 21, Delphos, admitted violating his probation by being unsuccessfully terminated from the WORTH Center. Partin was sentenced to nine months in prison with credit given for 88 days already served in custody in this case.
Robert Spooner, 38, Fort Wayne, entered a plea of guilty to three fifth-degree felony counts of breaking and entering and one fifth-degree felony count of safecracking. Spooner was sentenced to 12 months of prison for each count. Each sentence is to be served concurrently and concurrent with the prison sentence that he is currently serving in Indiana.
Robert Seibert, 27, Van Wert, admitted violating the terms of his probation by failing to report to probation since April. Seibert was resentenced to three years of community control under the same conditions. Twelve months of prison time was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.
Nathan Wapplehorst, 32, Van Wert, admitted violating his probation by failing to report to probation since March and by failing to pay child support. He was sentenced to 159 days in jail with work release as part of three years of community control. A 12-month prison term was deferred pending the success completion of community control.
Jesse Blackburn, 22, Delphos, admitted to violating his treatment in lieu of conviction treatment plan by failing to report to probation since March and by not attending ordered treatment at Westwood. Blackburn faces sentencing on a heroin trafficking charge on July 9. He faces a maximum of 12 months in prison.
Zachariah Young, 27, Van Wert, appeared in court accused of violating his treatment in lieu agreement by consuming alcohol and for becoming involved in a domestic dispute while under the influence of alcohol. Young’s case was continued until August 1, 2014, to give him a chance to continue the treatment program and to pay court costs.
Chad Neal, 27, Bluffton, Ohio, entered a guilty plea of guilty to a fourth-degree felony aggravate assault charge. Neal was originally charged with felonious assault in connection with this same incident. Sentencing was scheduled for June 11. No bond was set since Neal is wanted in Kentucky for charges in that state.
Matthew Southerland, 31, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony drug trafficking. Southerland faces up to 12 months in prison when he is sentenced on July 9.
Also on Wednesday, Seth Bireley, 25, Rockford, was arraigned on a charge of failure to appear, a felony of the fourth degree. He was ordered held on a $5,000 bond. A pretrial hearing in the case was scheduled for June 11.