ADA — An Ada man charged with crimes committed in Ada earlier this year was sentenced to nine years in prison late last month.

On Jan. 6, members of the Ada Police Department arrested Dekari Tyreese Powell, 18, related to three armed robbery reports alleged to have occurred on Jan. 4. According to reports released at that time, Powell approached three separate individuals known to him and robbed each at gunpoint.

According to testimony presented to Hardin County Prosecutor Brad Bailey and to the court, Powell contacted one victim seeking marijuana. When the two met, he robbed the man of $40. Powell then repeated the scenario with two other acquaintances, taking another $50, an iPhone, and a bag of marijuana. Powell asserted it was all part of a gang initiation.

On May 13, Powell entered a plea of guilty to charges of aggravated robbery with a gun specification, a felony of the first degree; burglary, a second-degree felony; and aggravated robbery, a felony of the first degree. On May 24, Hardin County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Barrett sentenced Powell to nine years of imprisonment: eight years to run consecutively on all three charges, plus an additional year for the gun specification, a mandatory sentence required by Ohio law.