(Aurora, Ind.) - The plea agreement for a teen who allegedly robbed the Tandy’s IGA in Aurora with his father has been rejected.
Malachi Draper, 19, was scheduled to learn his sentence Wednesday, but a plea deal he reached with prosecutors last month was rejected by Judge Jonathan Cleary in Dearborn Superior Court I. The state had withdrawn the plea offer.
The reason: new evidence. A diagram of how the holdup at Tandy’s IGA would operate was allegedly found in a pocket in one of Draper’s pants by his grandmother.
Last January 21, the father-son duo allegedly used a rifle during a holdup at the store on the corner of Third and Judiciary streets. They ordered employees to the floor before taking money from a safe and fleeing the scene. Police quickly tracked the men to their home in downtown Aurora.
The now invalid plea agreement would have sentenced Draper to ten years, with six years suspended to probation. He would also have to pay court costs and fees, and have no contact with any of the two Tandy’s IGA employees who were present during the robbery.
Malachi Draper’s case is again set to go back to a jury trial beginning July 23 unless a new plea agreement can be reached by July 2.
His father, Ronald Draper, Jr., 43, is still scheduled to be sentenced Monday, July 9 in Dearborn Superior Court I.