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By Will E Sanders


wsanders@civitasmedia.com


TROY — A juvenile turned adult convicted of robbing a Troy gas station and restaurant at gunpoint in September was sentenced to spend a decade in prison at his sentencing hearing in common pleas court on Monday.


But Judge Robert Lindeman stayed the sentence because the case needed to go back to Miami County Juvenile Court for a dispositional hearing before the sentence could be imposed.


Austin T. Abdon, of Troy, was 17 when he committed the robberies at the Valero gas station and Waffle House with a firearm and while wearing a mask. He fled at least one crime scene on a bicycle.


Abdon turned 18 while being held in jail on those charges.


In May, Abdon, originally charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors. He pleaded to two counts of robbery and had the weapon specifications dropped.


When first charged, Abdon’s cases were sent from juvenile court to common pleas court by law since the charges were first-degree felonies with firearm specifications since a gun was used in the crimes.


Since those specifications were dropped as a part of the plea deal, Lindeman said juvenile court required a hearing to determine if Abdon is amenable to treatment through the juvenile court system. Prosecutors disputed Abdon’s sentence being handled in the juvenile court.


Abdon apologized for his actions in court and said he committed the crimes because he was on drugs.


Abdon was sentenced to five years on both robbery charges by Lindeman, who said the sentences would be served consecutively since both charges represented two different crimes and sets of victims.


No court hearing has been set in juvenile court yet for the dispositional hearing, but if he is sentenced to prison he will be placed on post-release control for five years following his release.


He was given credit for 231 days of time he has already served in the Miami County Jail.


Will E Sanders may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.


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