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Rax robber sent to prison

Holding up a local restaurant for a little more than $100 is what will send an Ironton man to prison for six years.

David Artis, 23, of 275 N. Third St. Apt. 202, pleaded guilty to a first-degree count of aggravated robbery of Rax Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

The maximum sentence for the crime is 11 years in prison, but Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson said the man did not have a prior criminal record.

The six-year sentence was a negotiated plea agreement.

Artis was arrested by Ironton police in late February after being indicted for the November 2013 robbery of Rax on South Third Street.

Shortly after Artis’ arrest, another man who had also been indicted for aggravated robbery, Joshua Dyer, 25, of 2817 S. Eighth St., Ironton, turned himself in to police in connection with the crime.

Dyer also pleaded guilty Wednesday. Judge Charles Cooper set sentencing on May 14 and allowed the man to remain on bond.

Two people indicted in what is being called Lawrence County’s largest meth bust were arraigned Wednesday.

Jason E. Reed, 34, and Sherry White, 34, both of 3996 County Road 64, Willow Wood, were arraigned on charges of second-degree illegal manufacture of drugs and complicity to illegal manufacture of drugs, respectively. Both pleaded not guilty.

Cooper set bond for both at $45,000 cash or surety plus GPS monitoring and set pretrial for May 21.

The pair was arrested April 4 following an anonymous tip that led the adult probation department to the home.

Five active shake-and-bake meth labs were allegedly found, as well as 40 inactive ones that had either already been used or were for future use.

In other cases:

Brandon Blake Danner, 19, of 201 Dutey Drive, Coal Grove, was sentenced to four years community control sanctions under intensive supervised probation and a term at the STAR Community Justice Center. He previously pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree count of breaking and entering.

Cooper also reserved 12 months in prison if Danner violates his probation.

Danner was attempting to steal a motorcycle from an outbuilding of a home in Coal Grove on Oct. 30 of last year. The homeowner in that case shot Danner and the grand jury determined the shooting was justified in self-defense.