Bank Robber Receives 27-Year Sentence After Deadly Pursuit

  • 5/11/2018 5:57:53 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - In September 2017, numerous businesses in the Mansfield area were robbed before police caught up to the culprit and followed him on a chase that winded its way through the city, before ending in a fatal crash in Ontario.

The pursuit began with the bank robbery at KeyBank on 1485 Lexington Avenue. Drye entered the bank, demanding "all the money," then tried to escape with a passenger. Police quickly caught up to the duo and began to pursue the suspects in a chase that twisted through the heart of the city - including Mansfield's North Lake Park, where two ducks were killed during the chase. During the chase, the suspect and police reached speeds of up to 80 miles per hour before the suspect's gold Chevy Cavalier struck a passing Ford F-150 in the area of West Fourth Street/State Route 309 and rolled over. The crash resulted in the death of 21-year-old Marco Gomez, Jr., and injured the driver of the Ford F-150. 

The suspect, Leviticus Lee Drye, originally pled "Not Guilty" to charges of robbery. Initially, prosecutors were charging Drye with over 13 separate charges, before reducing the number of charges to just 5 felonies, including aggravated vehicular homicide.

Drye was convicted and sentenced before the Richland County Common Pleas Court Friday, where he received a 27-year sentence after changing his plea to "guilty" for numerous charges, including the initial robbery of a Subway restaurant and the Key Bank.

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