Suspected armed robber asks to plea guilty but attorney says no

Monroeville man accused of brandishing "Rambo-style knife" while robbing Mickey Mart in Norwalk.
Cary Ashby
Jan 14, 2013

A suspected armed robber told the public defender he wants to plead guilty.

Eugene A. Stallard, 32, of 2190 E. U.S. 20, Monroeville, is charged with aggravated robbery in connection with a Dec. 18 armed robbery at Mickey Mart, 123 Whittlesey Ave. If convicted of the first-degree felony, he faces three to 11 years in prison.

"I want to plead guilty," Stallard said to Huron County Public Defender David Longo before Monday's arraignment.

"I can't plead you guilty at an arraignment," Longo told him.

Stallard entered a "not guilty" plea Monday. As conditions of his $75,000 bond, the defendant is prohibited from being on the premises of Mickey Mart and can't have any association with the male victim.

The Norwalk Police Department was alerted about the robbery at 2:10 a.m. Dec. 18.

The clerk reported Stallard was wearing all black and reportedly brandished a "Rambo-style knife," which was about 11 inches long, police said.

"He had the knife and demanded the money from the register," Capt. Mike Conney said shortly after Stallard's arrest.

The suspect fled the scene on foot, heading west on League Street.

About five minutes after the crime, Officer Zack O'Neil reported seeing Stallard on foot at a Bank Street driveway as the officer was driving through the area in his cruiser, Conney said.

"He fit the description that was given, so Zack ordered him to stop," Conney said. "He did (stop) momentarily. He decided not to stay around and he took off."

A knife appeared to fall out of Stallard's waistband as he ran.

"Other items also began falling," Conney said, referring to a black scarf, black zip-up coat, two blue latex gloves and a black backpack.

Stallard was arrested without further incident after he reportedly stumbled on the ground. Police estimate the foot pursuit covered 40 yards.

While the officer searched Stallard, he reported finding a large wad of money totaling $208 in the right front pocket of the suspect's pants, Conney said. Police seized the knife, clothing articles and backpack that reportedly fell during the chase plus Stallard's tennis shoes and a black stocking cap as evidence.

Once Stallard was secured in a cruiser, he told police: "I messed up real bad."

Stallard has remained in the Huron County Jail since his arrest. His trial is scheduled for March 12.

Comments

whopper2011

Why Couldn't he Plead Guilty before Arraignment? Wouldn't that be the ideal time to do so?

Whiskey Tango F...

Because of the game. We have to play the game for gods sake! Everyone needs to do their song and their dance! How can we cry that we are under staffed and over worked when this clown refuses to play the game? This guy might actually be able to be rehabilitated... He admitted that he did something wrong and doesn't know how to play the system and their almighty game.

Sarrak

Absolutely wrong. There is no game involved when long term loss of freedom is involved. Is this guy charged correctly? What does the evidence show? Since this guy's right to even examine the evidence arises post arraignment his Attorney has a duty to protect him even from his own ignorance.

Paranoid Illusion

This guy's attorney should be reported and disbarred! TRUTH IS:

"The defendant can choose from the pleas of guilty, not guilty, not guilty by reason of insanity, and no contest."

See for yourself - From the Ohio State Bar Assoc. website:

Q: What does it mean to “enter a not guilty plea” in a criminal or traffic case?
A: A plea is a person’s formal response to a criminal or traffic charge. A person charged with a criminal or traffic offense is called the defendant. A defendant is typically called upon to enter a plea at arraignment, which is the person’s first appearance in court. The defendant can choose from the pleas of guilty, not guilty, not guilty by reason of insanity, and no contest. Entering a plea refers to the judge’s act of formally noting a defendant’s plea, or “entering” it, in the court’s official file.

No wonder lawyers are one of the least respected professions.

Betherella

It seems like a big waste of money. He should be able to plead guilty.

Paranoid Illusion

He is - see my post above.

thisbleep

You can't plead guilty at arraignment. He could've in municipal court before got bonded over to felony court. However he can only make a plea at his pre trial or final pre trial.

Concerned For A...

The idiot that robbed me with a knife ended up getting a whopping four years flat time. There is now a baseball bat kept behind the counter. If it would have been there when I worked there, I would have cracked his drug addicted dome wide open.

richrs

Sure ya would've!

Cliff Cannon

Dick Rench used to have a stamp which he would use to stamp articles,papers,etc he thought deserved it. No doubt he would use it here. The stamp simply said : " Bull sh!t " Is there anything else to say here ?

P.S. In rereading my own comment. Yes,there is something else to say here. Mr Stallard, (whom I have never met ) first tell's the police " I messed up real bad " Then wants to plead guilty. Sounds like a man willing to take responsibilty for his own actions,which is refreshing. Here's hoping when he get's out, he has a bright future.

twinmomma2012

@ Cliff Cannon ~ this man isnt admitting to anything bc he wants to he is playing the game and there is more then one way to play. He thinks by making look like he is taking responsibility for his actions, when in reality this idiot thinks if he acts like he cares and wants to plead guilty maybe the judge wont be so hard on him! He is a lowlife scumbag who deserves to go to prison! But considering he is a known snitch I'm sure the judge will show leniency on him! How pathetic Norwalk! Do you see what happens when you let a POS like this go and turn them CI! Lucky the gas station clerk wasn't hurt or the officer who took him down! So Norwalk what's it gonna be this time another I'm so sorry and a slap on the wrist! Stallard has municipal record a mile long and I'm sure half of which should have been felonies! Wake up Norwalk put your money where your mouth is and take out the trash!

Cliff Cannon

@ twinmomma2012 : Respectfully, I stated, I did not know the man. Obviously,he commited the crime with a knife,which calls for ( As I understand it )automatic time. With out doubt,I am as thrilled as one can be,that the " Rambo " knife was not used.


Still, my main concern remains this : Why can't the accused plead guilty,at an arraignment if they so choose ? Especially,if the crime carries an automatic sentence ? Can you think of any reason to wait ?


Again having never met Mr. Stoddard , all one can do ( with limited information. THE CURSE of blogging) is hope what they read is the truth. Here's hoping he turns his life around. After all wouldn't that be the best possible outcome for our society ?

P.S. You got twins ? I am very jealous. Always wanted twins

Brock Lee

looooooooser

twinmomma2012

Cliff I do agree with you there why can't he plead guilty? Its so Norwalk can stretch it out and play their games! And I unfortunately do personally know the POS and he really is a CI not info from blogging trust me. And yes I do have twins and they are amazing Thankyou!

twinmomma2012

Cliff I do agree with you there why can't he plead guilty? Its so Norwalk can stretch it out and play their games! And I unfortunately do personally know the POS and he really is a CI not info from blogging trust me. And yes I do have twins and they are amazing Thankyou!