Dayton teen shot by police pleads guilty in chaotic robbery near I-75

A Dayton teen accused firing at police and impersonating an officer before being wounded by one after a Miamisburg armed robbery pleaded guilty to charges during a plea agreement hearing Wednesday morning.

Charles Vincent Ashford pleaded guilty to all charges, which included seven counts of aggravated robbery, one count of impersonating a police officer, one count of felonious assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and one count of discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises.

Ashford could face 116.5 years if he receives the maximum sentence, Judge Barbara Gorman said. He faces a minimum of nine years.

His lawyer indicated that they were told his sentence is expected to be between 10 and 12 years.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 30.

A pretrial hearing was scheduled this morning for Ashford, indicted on 10 counts stemming a Feb. 5, 2018, incident on Ohio 725 near Interstate 75 that drew multiple law enforcement agencies.

Ashford, 19, was 17 at the time of the crimes but is being tried as an adult in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. He initially had a plea of not guilty entered before it was changed to not guilty by reason of insanity.

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But after two evaluations, Judge Barbara Gorman ruled Ashford sane and competent to stand trial. The trial date was initially set for June 3 but was pushed back to Monday.

Ashford was shot in the arm Feb. 5, 2018, by an off-duty Miami Twp. police officer after authorities said he was fleeing an armed robbery of a Miamisburg Shell station. Authorities described the incident as a chaotic, life-threatening scene that drew several law enforcement agencies to the Ohio 725/I-75 interchange.

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Court records show Ashford fired a gun at police and claimed to be an undercover FBI agent. A grand jury cleared Officer James Swearingen of criminal charges and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office later recognized Swearingen’s actions by presenting him with the Distinguished Law Enforcement Valor Award.

All of the charges accuse the teen of using a gun. Ashford is being held in juvenile detention on a $500,000 bond.


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