Stow man sentenced in connection with area bank robberies

By Jeff Saunders | News Leader Published:

A Stow man was sentenced to 11 years in prison last week in connection with bank robberies in Northfield Village and Akron in August.

In a plea deal, Ralphel A. Penn, 25, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated robbery and felony robbery charges before Summit County Common Pleas Judge Elinor Marsh Stormer sentenced him, said April Wiesner, a spokeswoman with the Summit County Prosecutor's Office.

He had faced a maximum of 19 years in prison, she said.

Wiesner said Penn will be taken to the Lorain Correctional Facility, where he will remain until the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections determines where he will serve his sentence.

His attorney did not return a phone call for comment.

The charges stemmed from an Aug. 6 robbery at the village's Charter One bank on S.R. 8 and an Aug. 17 robbery in Akron. Village and Akron police said that in both cases, Penn handed a teller a note demanding money, but without showing a weapon, before fleeing with an unspecified amount of money.

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  • His mugshot tells me: I gotta have the "tough guy" look when they see me. Bet his ODRC website looks the same way.

  • Sorry he got caught!

  • As politely as I can, I just ask you to look at this man's mug shot. Does he look 'sorry'?