MIAMI COUNTY — The man who robbed two diners last November entered a plea of guilty in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Monday.
Walter Schwytzer III, 44, of Englewood, entered a guilty plea to two counts of first degree felony aggravated robbery for robbing Tipp O’ the Town restaurant in Tipp City on Nov. 28 and the Pearson House of West Milton on Nov. 27.
Schwytzer entered both restaurants and handed the clerk a note stating he had a gun and demanded cash.
Following the robbery of Tipp O’ the Town, Schwytzer fled on foot when a patron chased him out to the parking lot as Schwytzer attempted to get away in a car. The man was a CCW carrier and held Schwytzer at gunpoint with his pistol until Tipp City Police Department arrived minutes later.
As part of the plea agreement with the state, Schwytzer could serve eight years for both counts. He will serve five years of mandatory post-release control following his release from prison. Judge Jeannine Pratt set Schwytzer’s sentencing date for March 21.
In other court news:
Emmanuel Whitson, 18, of Troy, was sentenced to serve six months in prison for one count of fifth degree felony breaking and entering on Monday.
The charge was reduced from a second degree felony burglary charge in previous court proceedings. Last November, Whitson entered a Troy home without authorization with other co-defendants and stole money from the victim.
Although it was Whitson’s first felony conviction as an adult, Miami County Common Pleas Judge Jeannine Pratt noted Whitson’s failure to respond favorably to previous court interventions as a juvenile and his violent history as an adult with an assault charge in July 2015 which he served jail time. Judge Pratt also noted Whitson picked up an underage consumption in West Milton a month after the pending felony breaking and entering charges were filed.
Whitson received 12 days of jail credit.