GREENVILLE - Cory M. Rowe, 27, formerly of Arcanum, faces a maximum of 25 years for his roll in a violent home invasion that occurred Nov. 12, 2009 at a residence on Palestine-Union City Road, west of Greenville. During the offense an elderly man was assaulted and suffered a broken hip.
Rowe, who is currently serving 11 months in prison for unrelated charges out of Miami and Montgomery Counties, appeared for a change of plea in the Darke County Common Pleas Court Monday afternoon. He entered a guilty plea to one count of Aggravated Burglary and one count of Aggravated Robbery, both felonies of the first degree. He also admitted to a firearm specification on the robbery charge, which carries a mandatory penalty of three years.
A jury trial in the case was originally set to begin Tuesday, but Rowe decided to take a plea bargain which dismissed two additional first degree felony charges. Co-defendant Robert K. Gorrell was also indicted on similar charges and is currently in prison on a non-related drug conviction out of Darke County.
In addition, Rowe is scheduled to appear in a federal court Dec. 19 for firearms charges that involved an ATF investigation. His attorney, Michael A. Rieman, requested for the court to await sentencing in the Darke County case until after the federal hearing. Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein set sentencing for Dec. 20 at 9 a.m.
Rowe faces a maximum of 25 years and a $40,000 fine. Darke County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Ormsby stated in Monday’s plea that the state recommends a 15 year sentence in the case.
Rowe’s current sentence is scheduled to end Dec. 16 when he will then be placed into federal custody with the U.S. Marshal’s Office.