Tyler Grimes
Tyler Grimes

An 18-year-old Dover Township resident must spend at least a decade -- possibly two -- locked up for violent crimes he committed in that township.

Tyler Preston Grimes, of 4249 Marlborough Road, has already spent eight months in York County Prison on $1.5 million bail and will now be transferred to state prison.

He pleaded guilty Thursday in York County Court to four separate cases that stemmed from two robberies, a burglary and a group fight that allegedly involved a gun.

As part of a negotiated plea agreement, he was sentenced to 10 years and three months in prison to 20 years and six months.

"Mr. Grimes is just reaping the consequences of his actions," senior deputy prosecutor Jonathan Blake said. "I think 10 to 20 years is a fair sentence under the circumstances. It's a long, long time for someone that young."

Public defender Ron Jackson Jr. said he wishes there were more rehabilitation options available for Grimes. Jackson and attorney John Mooney represented the teen.

"But I think it was felt (by the judge and prosecution) that we were beyond that point," Jackson said.

Calm in court: Grimes showed no emotion as he calmly pleaded guilty to three counts each of robbery and simple assault, two counts of conspiracy to commit simple assault, and one count each of making terroristic threats, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary.


Other charges were dropped as part of his plea agreement, primarily lesser charges. However, the prosecution agreed to drop a felony count of felons not to possess firearms.

Grimes was already a felon before his guilty pleas Thursday. At 15, he was charged as an adult with being part of a group that robbed a Dover Township convenience store at gunpoint, although the case was later moved to juvenile court.

On Thursday, he admitted being part of a group that robbed a Pizza Hut delivery person at gunpoint.

Northern York County Regional Police said the group ordered five pizzas to be delivered to the first block of Stony Lane in Dover Township the night of March 15, then robbed the driver.

Out on bail: Grimes told the judge he hid and watched as his masked co-defendants committed the holdup.

"I stood behind some bushes and watched," he said. "I knew I was on bail and I didn't want to be the one (to commit the crime)."

Grimes' co-defendants in the case -- Kevin Long Jr., Jovan Turner and Shakeem Acevedo -- all were charged as adults, but had their cases moved to juvenile court, records show. All were 16 or 17 at the time and lived in the Dover area.

Police said they connected Grimes and his buddies to the robbery while searching Grimes' home on the suspicion he held a gun to a woman's head and struck her a number of times during a group assault on four people in Dover Township the night of March 16, according to police.

Grimes pleaded guilty to being part of the group fight, but denied putting a gun to the woman's head.

Knifepoint robbery: He also pleaded guilty to robbing a group of youths at knifepoint after spotting them in Lehr Park on Davidsburg Road on Nov. 16, 2012.

Lastly, he pleaded guilty to conspiring to burglarize a home in the first block of Butter Road on Oct. 17, 2012.

The plea agreement was for 10 to 20 years, but presiding Common Pleas Judge Richard K. Renn told the prosecution and defense he would only accept the plea agreement if three to six months were added to the prison time.

"He's got one of the longest (prison) write-up reports I've seen recently," Renn noted.

Prison problems: Grimes' prison offenses include tampering with property, fighting, assaulting another inmate, refusing to obey orders and using abusive language, according to the judge.

During the sentencing hearing, Grimes' parents cried quietly.

Four of Grimes' friends attended as well. They initially were smiling and seemed unaware of what was about to happen.

After sentencing, the four young men appeared stunned as they left the courtroom.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.