Grocery store robber sentenced in Athens County



A man sentenced last fall in Champaign County for aggravated robbery, involving a grocery store, has been sentenced for similar conduct in another county.

Michael J. Fette, 48, was sentenced to 18 years in prison June 1 after pleading guilty to aggravated robbery and kidnapping in Athens County, the fifth Ohio county in which he’s been sentenced to prison for armed robberies at grocery stores.

According to The Athens News, Fette’s conduct in Athens County occurred in May 2013 when he entered the Foodland Grocery Store, The Plains, with a semi-automatic handgun, tied up employees and demanded money kept in the safe.

This incident occurred after a March 4, 2013, robbery at Howard’s IGA, 311 W. Main St., St. Paris, where Fette displayed a gun to two store clerks before having them tie themselves up in a back room. Fette was sentenced last October to 10 years in prison in Champaign County.

Fette committed similar crimes in other counties throughout the state before taken into custody in Huron County in August 2013 after robbing a grocery store at gunpoint.

Along with Athens, Champaign and Huron counties, Fette has sentenced to prison in Knox and Logan counties.

According to the Athens County Clerk of Court’s website, the non-mandatory portion of the recent sentence, 15 years, will be served concurrently to the prison terms he is serving for the other four counties. A three-year mandatory incarceration for a firearm specification will run consecutively to his current incarceration.

The Ohio Department of Corrections website states Fette’s expected release date is in 2043, but the site did not show the Athens County sentence as of Thursday afternoon.

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