A three-day trial ended late Thursday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court with a Radcliff man being found guilty of an armed robbery last April at Fast Payday Loans on West Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown.
Dominic Hodge, 30, was sentenced by a Hardin County jury to 40 years in prison for the April 9 robbery. Three other men accepted plea deals in the case.
Hodge and 28 year-old Pedro Gonzalez entered the business armed, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young, while 48 year-old Patrick Kelley Jr. of Radcliff, was unarmed when they arrived. The men put an employee onto the floor, took money and fled, according to an Elizabethtown Police Department news release.
The three men and 27 year-old Freddie Nails Jr. of Vine Grove, who was in a red Mitsubishi Galant parked nearby, were seen by an Elizabethtown Police officer on North Miles Street with the occupants throwing clothing out of the windows as the vehicle was moving.
After a short pursuit, the car was abandoned on East Williams Street and the four men fled on foot before being caught by police.
First-degree robbery is a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison. Hodge also was charged as a first-degree persistent felony offender, which allows a jury to raise the level of felony. A Class A felony is punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison.
Gonzalez accepted a 15-year sentence with parole eligibility after serving 85 percent of his sentence, about 13 years. Kelley took a 10-year sentence for second-degree robbery with 20 percent parole eligibility, two years and testified against Hodge during the trial. Nails was sentenced to 20 years with 20 percent parole eligibility, four years on a second-degree robbery and persistent felony offender charge and he also testified against Hodges.
The men have been lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center since April 9.
Nails, Kelley and Gonzalez will appear Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to be sentenced according to their plea deals.
Hodge also was found guilty of tampering with physical evidence, fleeing and evading police and possession of a handgun.