The case was moved to adult court in March by county Juvenile Court Judge Ronald Craft after he found probable cause for the charges. Because of Robbins’ age and the seriousness of the aggravated robbery charge, it was a mandatory bind over to adult court.
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But because that aggravated robbery charge has now been dismissed, the case will be returned to juvenile court where Craft will decide if it should remain there or if Robbins will serve his adult sentence.
“We expect with good reason that it will stay in juvenile court,” defense attorney Eric Eckes said, adding that there has been an outpouring of support for Robbins.
“It was a mistake made by a juvenile whose brain was not fully developed,” he said.
John Robbins, 17, entered the guilty plea to felonious assault Thursday in Butler County Common Pleas Court for a Jan. 20 incident in the Walmart parking lot on Princeton Road. Police accused Robbins, a Colerain High School student, of robbing a 17-year-old and shooting him in the middle of a drug deal in the store parking lot. The case was moved to adult court in March.
The mandatory sentence in juvenile court would be two years in the Ohio Department of Youth Services, according to Eckes.
The 17-year-old was shot around 3 p.m. Jan. 20 while he was in the driver’s side of a car in the Walmart parking lot. The shot teen accelerated his vehicle and struck other vehicles and a shopping cart corral, according to police. He was treated and released from West Chester Hospital.