MainSource robber gets 30 months

Two others sentenced in court Monday

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — The man who robbed the MainSource Bank on South Market Street in subzero weather on Feb. 18 was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison for third-degree felony robbery on Monday.

In Miami County Common Pleas Court, Judge Jeannine Pratt reviewed 40-year-old Brian Feltner of Troy’s lengthy criminal record before sentencing him to 30 months in prison for the bank robbery as well as six months in prison for first degree misdemeanor making false alarms. The sentences are to run concurrently.

On Feb. 18, Feltner called 9-1-1 and stated there was an active shooter at Walmart prior to robbing the bank.

Feltner changed his plea to guilty in July. The state prepared a joint recommendation for sentencing for 18 months for the robbery and six months for the false alarms charge. Judge Pratt thanked counsel for the joint recommendation, but said 18 months was not long enough due to the serious nature of Felter’s actions.

Feltner’s attorney John Herndon objected to his client’s sentence due to it being “almost double” from the joint recommendation from the state. Herndon stated he objected to the sentence because “it’s been a tradition” to honor joint recommendations in exchange for a plea agreements. Herndon requested to withdraw Feltner’s plea and re-enter Feltner’s not guilty plea and go to trial.

Judge Pratt stated she reviewed Feltner’s pre-sentence investigation, his lengthy criminal record, his lack of employment since 2000, and his lack of statement prior to sentencing. Pratt said Feltner showed no genuine remorse for his actions, committed the robbery while on probation, and drew law enforcement away from the area on purpose as he robbed the bank.

“That’s why we have a judge in this matter,” Pratt stated, before Feltner’s sentencing session was closed.

Feltner received 38 days of jail time credit and is subject to three years of post-release control.

Feltner also must pay restitution of $4,838 to MainSource Bank.

In other court news:

• Debby Kelly, 30, of Piqua, was sentenced to serve two years of community control for fourth degree felony assault for biting two different Piqua Fire Department paramedics while they were taking her blood pressure while Kelly was intoxicated on April 11.

In Miami County Common Pleas Court, Kelly said she was ashamed for her actions on April 11 and has sought drug and alcohol counseling.

The state provided no recommendation.

Judge Jeannine Pratt ordered Kelly to attend AA/NA meetings, abide by a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and pay court costs in the matter. If Kelly violates those conditions, she could face up to 17 months in prison.

• Shayla Prater, 24, of St. Mary’s, was sentenced to 12 months in prison fourth degree felony possession of drugs and six months for possession of drug abuse instruments. The two sentences will run concurrently. Pater entered a guilty plea in previous court proceedings.

Miami County assistant prosecutor Paul Watkins stated Prater was a “master manipulator,” with a terrible criminal record. Watkins noted Prater had committed the crime while on probation. Watkins asked Judge Jeannine Pratt for the maximum prison term.

On July 26, Prater was stopped by officers of the Tipp City Police Department for a moving violation. Prater was the driver of the vehicle with two other females in the car. The owner of the vehicle said she was too sick to drive and had allowed Prater to drive her home from orientation at Wright State University. Police pulled up Prater’s record and asked to search the vehicle. Police found 28 caps of heroin and two syringes in a makeup bag. Prater later admitted the drugs were hers and not those of the occupants of the vehicle.

Prater received 21 days of jail credit, had her licences revoked for six months, and is subject to three years post-release control. She also is to pay $125 to the Tipp City Police Department for drug testing.
Two others sentenced in court Monday

By Melanie Yingst

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