Trial set for 1 of 2 accused robbers

By John Hamilton -



WILMINGTON — A jury trial has been set for one of two accused gas station robbers.

Clinton Common Pleas Judge John “Tim” Rudduck on Monday scheduled the four-day trial of Levi Cutcher, 56, to begin on March 24, 2020.

Cutcher, along with James Clifton, 61, are charged with three counts of felonious assault, four counts of aggravated robbery, and failure to comply in connection with armed robberies that occurred in June and July in Clinton County.

Also during his recent court appearance, Cutcher entered a not guilty plea for additional charges of conspiracy, possession of a deadly weapon, and attempted escape that were filed in November.

According to Katie Wilkin of the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office, because of the severity of the charges, an additional bond should be set for Cutcher. Rudduck set a $100,000 bond in addition to a $100,000 bond already in place for the other charges.

Cutcher and Clifton were apprehended after a Clinton County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the Shell station on U.S. 68 near Interstate 71 on July 10. The initial caller reported the two suspects came in, one brandishing a shotgun, and stole money and miscellaneous items.

Deputies had determined they matched the characteristics of a robbery that occurred on June 28 at the Shell station on State Route 73 near Interstate 71.

According to authorities, the suspects led sheriff’s deputies on a chase which later involved the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Mason Police Department. The vehicle was eventually slowed when stop sticks were deployed the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The vehicle continued, however (on three tires and a rim) reaching Exit 25 when Cutcher exited the vehicle and attempted to run, police said.

Two troopers and a deputy gave chase and captured him just east of the vehicle. Clifton was taken without incident.

The shotgun allegedly used in the robberies was located in the vehicle, authorities said.


By John Hamilton

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