Ugbe Ojile, Kenyatta Erkins, and Amy Hoover.
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
(Cincinnati, Oh.) - A woman who had the smallest role in the robbing of casino winners was sentenced in a Hamilton County courtroom Wednesday.
Amy Hoover was arrested along with Ugbe Ojile and Kenyatta Erkins last year for following winners at local riverboat casinos home, then robbing them of their winnings. Prosecutors said at the time of the arrests there were more than two dozen victims between February and October.
Hoover, 26, pleaded guilty in April to five counts of aggravated robbery. In exchange for the deal, she had to testify against Ojile and Erkins during their bench trial.
Despite facing threats in jail, Hoover did testify. The act helped to earn her praise from the judge during her sentencing. Prosecutors asked that she not be sentenced to more than five years in prison.
The judge gave her three years. With time already served, Hoover could be out in about two years.
Erkins and Ojile were found guilty last week, each of about a dozen charges including aggravated robbery, robbery and felonious assault. They both face decades in prison when sentenced September 27.
Erkins was Hoover’s boyfriend. She gave birth to his daughter while incarcerated just weeks after being arrested.