Damron Pleads Guilty To Reduced Charges

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

She's accused of driving a getaway car with her boyfriend in a string of robberies. Tonight, Misty Damron says she's guilty, but only to helping commit the crimes.

Wednesday was supposed to be the third day in Misty Damron's robbery trial. Just before the defense called their last witness, prosecutors offered a plea deal reducing the charges. Damron accepted and changed her plea to guilty.

After two and a half days of testimony, a jury was supposed to decide the case, but the attorneys didn't give them a chance.

"Neither one of us were sure what the jury would do with this fact situation, so we decided the best thing to do would be enter into a plea agreement," said Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Bartley.

Misty Damron was charged with three counts of robbery after a crime spree in December. Police said she drove the getaway car for John Michael Keen after he robbed three businesses at gunpoint. Officers later shot and killed Keen after a police chase and he reached for what they thought was a gun. In her trial, Damron claimed she didn't know he was robbing the stores.

"She may not have known what was going to happen, but she had ample opportunity to get out of the situation and to quit what was going on when she realized it and she failed to take advantage of those situations," Bartley said.

"She certainly wasn't the robber, but there was some evidence she facilitated the robbery by driving the car," said Damron's Attorney Ned Pillersdorf.

In the plea, Damron pleaded guilty to reduced charges, facilitation to commit robbery.

"I thought it was a fair compromise and it's more closer to the truth in this case," Pillersdorf said.

The big difference with the reduced charges in the plea agreement is with the parole eligibility. She will be eligible for parole sooner than if she was convicted on robbery charges. Now she's eligible for parole after serving three years.

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