JEFFERSON — Three men have pled guilty to charges in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court, according to a statement released by Ashtabula County Prosecutor Cecilia Cooper.

William Simmons pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing justice and one count of tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies, according to the statement. On June 12, Judge Thomas Harris sentenced Simmons to six years in prison.

Simmons was a passenger in a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian, according to the statement. His guilty plea was related to lying to law enforcement and helping to hide the vehicle after the accident, according to the statement.

Anthony Benson pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, a second-degree felony. Benson is awaiting sentencing in the Ashtabula County Jail. Benson’s guilty plea was related to a November 2019 robbery in which $50,000 in cash was stolen from a person in Saybrook Township, according to the statement.

Benson fled the area on foot, and was found later with over $14,000 in cash on his person, according to the statement. He is facing two to eight years in prison.

On June 22, Darryl Robinson pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery and three counts of kidnapping, all first degree felonies, according to the statement.

The charges stem from an armed robbery of Georgio’s Pizza in January. Robinson was armed with a knife during the robbery, according to the statement. Approximately $1,700 was stolen in the robbery, and employees were locked in the freezer after the robbery took place.

Robinson was sentenced to an agreed upon prison term of 12 years, according to the statement.


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