COLUMBUS — A 30-year-old Columbus woman pleaded guilty Monday to attempted possession of a deadly weapon in connection with an Aug. 16 armed robbery at a downtown bar.

Platte County District Court Judge Robert Steinke scheduled Honea for sentencing Jan. 5 on the Class II felony, which is punishable by up to 50 years imprisonment and a minimum of one year behind bars.

In exchange for her guilty plea, the prosecution dismissed charges of robbery and possession of methamphetamine. Honea was scheduled for a Dec. 4 jury trial before Monday's plea change.

Her accomplice in the robbery at Avenue Bar, 21-year-old Devin Piper of Columbus, already pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting robbery in the case.

Piper will be sentenced Jan. 5 on the Class 2A felony, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.

According to Columbus Police, the robbery began with Piper walking into the 26th Avenue bar, asking about the lunch special, then leaving to wait outside in the getaway car.

A short time later, Honea entered the business with a handgun and told the bartender, who was seated at the bar eating lunch, to put down her phone, according to police.

“(Honea) racked the slide on the firearm then walked behind the bar and opened a cash register,” Sgt. Bret Strecker wrote in his probable cause arrest statement. “Honea then told the bartender that she had to do this, and that she would kill if she had to do so.”

Police officers arrested Honea and Piper, who had a Glock .40-caliber pistol hidden in his waistband, two days after the robbery.

During questioning, Strecker wrote, Piper admitted he went into the bar to see if the bartender was alone. The defendant admitted knowing Honea was going inside to steal money, according to the report, but said he wasn’t aware she had a handgun.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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