MIAMI COUNTY — The Troy man who robbed the Abbey Credit Union on Wayne Street on Dec. 4 was sentenced to serve a mandatory eight years in prison in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Thursday.
Justin Higbee, 35, of Troy, was sentenced for second-degree felony robbery for the bank heist by Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt. He is not eligible for early release due to his criminal record, which Judge Pratt called “appalling.”
Judge Pratt said Higbee’s conduct was reprehensible and he was a danger to the community.
Higbee entered the credit union Dec. 4 and handed a note to a teller indicating he was armed and demanded money. Prior to sentencing, Higbee apologized to the two bank tellers and said he was truly sorry for his actions.
Higbee’s attorney John Herndon said Higbee’s actions were fueled by heroin and drug abuse, which he said began at the age of 13. Herndon said he hopes when Higbee is released from prison he can be an asset to the community and to his family.
Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Paul Watkins stated both Higbee’s prior criminal record and his actions on Dec. 4 were “horrific” and asked the court to honor the maximum sentence, which was part of the joint plea agreement.
Higbee’s record included four prior prison terms and six probation terms and the robbery was committed while Higbee was out on bond for another charge.
Higbee will serve three years of mandatory post-release control and received 138 days of jail time credit. Both Higbee and co-defendant Jeremy Miller, 32, were each ordered to pay $250 in restitution to the bank.
Miller was sentenced on Wednesday to serve four years total for third-degree felony robbery and fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property for his role in the robbery. Miller’s restitution hearing was held prior to Higbee’s sentencing.
The half-brothers robbed the Abbey Credit Union Bank on Dec. 4. Higbee robbed the bank while Miller assisted by driving the getaway car from the scene.
Later that evening, Higbee was arrested during a drug trafficking stop in Butler Township at the Red Roof Inn on Miller Lane. Miller also was arrested in the 7300 block of Colegrove Drive in Huber Heights on an unrelated charge.
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