Ring leader sentenced to 7 years in prison


Eric Santos, 22, of Dayton silent during sentencing

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@troydailynew.com



MIAMI COUNTY — The alleged ring leader and last of the co-defendants of an armed home invasion was sentenced on Monday as part of plea agreements with the state in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Eric Santos, 22, of Dayton, will serve seven years in prison, three years mandatory due to the gun specification.

Santos was one of multiple suspects involved in the armed robbery of a Union Township home on Sept. 30. During the home invasion, co-defendant Keason Twitty was shot by the homeowner outside of the home on North Montgomery County Line Road. Twitty was sentenced to serve seven years in prison for his involvement.

The homeowner called 911 and said a group of men kicked in the door of his house and shot at him. It is believed the home was targeted for narcotics. The homeowner told deputies he got his own gun and fired back, hitting Twitty in the leg.

Santos chose to remain silent during the sentencing. Later Santos said, “I appreciate your kindness, Your Honor” after Judge Pratt reiterated that she was only honoring the state and defense joint recommendation or he would have been facing more time in prison.

Pratt also said she was mindful of the state’s joint recommendation of seven years and if he were ever to appear in her court again she would likely sentence him to more time in prison.

Santos received 285 days of jail credit and will serve five years mandatory post-release control.

Santos pleaded guilty to first-degree felony aggravated burglary with a three-year mandatory gun specification, second-degree felony conspiracy to commit burglary, and felonious assault with a joint recommendation agreement on July 20. He agreed to serve seven years on all charges, with the state’s recommendation.

In other news:

• Courtney Whitmore, 23, of Troy, was sentenced to serve nine months in prison for fourth degree felony child endangerment. A plea agreement with the state dropped a second count of the same charge.

Last May, Whitmore was arrested after she passed out on top of her 3-week-old infant after she allegedly huffed a can of compressed air. She was incarcerated at the Miami County Jail after she was treated and released at Upper Valley Medical Center. Whitmore’s 4-year-old son flagged down a passerby outside the home who called 9-1-1.

Whitmore was allegedly unconscious at the time medics arrived. Medics stated they found Whitmore laying on the floor with the infant’s torso trapped under her. A can of Dust Off Compressed-Gas Duster, cold to the touch, was found underneath the bed.

The witnesses who called 9-1-1 said they were headed home and saw a young boy outside waving and crying. He told them, “Mommy is sick,” and found Whitmore on the floor in a seated position and slumped over the baby. The baby was not injured.

Whitmore had been charged several times with abuse of harmful intoxicants in the last year including in the Kroger parking lot and Walgreen’s bathroom.

• David W. Arnett, III, 23, of Piqua, was sentenced to serve 10 months on one count of fourth-degree felony possession of LSD on Monday. Judge Pratt said the court noted the offense occurred while Arnett was on Post-Release Control and it also violated terms of his parole. He received 8 days of jail credit and ordered to pay $125 to Covington Police Department for drug testing.

Eric Santos, 22, of Dayton silent during sentencing

By Melanie Yingst

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