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Two Springfield teens were sentenced on aggravated robbery charges in Clark County Juvenile Court on Thursday.

The 14 and 16-year-old boys were sentenced to three years at an Ohio Department of Youth Services facility and completion of a program at the Miami Valley Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, respectively. Each of the teens also have to pay individual court costs and split the $500 restitution to the victim.

“It’s your opportunity to prove to us that you’re serious and you want the change and you’re going to make good decisions going forward,” Judge Robert Vaughn said after the 16-year-old’s sentence was read.

Both teens were emotional as they made statements during the sentencing.

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“It was stupid. It was really dumb, and I just wanna say I’m sorry to the person, his mom, his family — and I want to say I’m sorry to my mom for putting her in this position,” said the 14-year-old.

The 16-year-old also apologized to the victim, the victim’s family and his own family in the courtroom.

Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Beau Thompson read statements from the victim and the victim’s mother prior to the sentencing about the impact of the incident on the family. Neither the victim nor his mother were present at the sentencing.

The victim’s statement read in part, “Why would you want someone to think they are going to die? Even though they are 16 and 14, by that age you know your rights and your wrongs, regardless of what environment you grew up in.”

Springfield police said the teens set up a meeting with a man under the guise that they wanted to sell him a phone. The three met up in the parking lot of Fulton Elementary School on June 25.

The man allegedly checked that the phone worked and then went to his truck to get the money, according to a police report. When the man returned from his vehicle with the money, the 14-year-old allegedly brandished a firearm.

“During the robbery, (the 14-year-old) pulled the trigger attempting to shoot the victim,” a Springfield police report said.

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“The gun failed to fire because it was loaded with the wrong caliber of ammunition. The gun was located with a 9mm round stuck in the chamber.”

The teens then tried to run away; however, the man hit the 14-year-old with his truck, according to the report. Springfield police arrested both teens the same day of the robbery.

The 14-year-old was originally charged with attempted murder and other charges. The attempted murder charge was dismissed and the teen admitted to an aggravated robbery charge, the court confirmed in an email.

The 16-year-old was initially charged with complicity to attempted murder in addition to complicity to aggravated robbery. Both charges had gun specifications.

The complicity to attempted murder charge was dismissed for the 16-year-old, and he admitted to a charge of complicity to aggravated robbery.

The victim in the case declined to comment after sentencing.



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