42-year-old Heather Ferdin of Canton was sentenced to three years of probation for helping co-defendant Jeffrey Travis flee after a robbery at the Bolivar Speedway. (Tusco TV)
NEW PHILADELPHIA (Tusco TV) - The Canton woman accused of helping the machete-wielding bandit get away after robbing a Lawrence Township gas station will spend the next three years on probation for her involvement.
Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court Judge Edward O’Farrell issued the probation order Monday against Heather Ferdin after the 42-year-old changed her plea to no-contest on one count of complicity. Ferdin had been charged alongside 46-year-old Jeffrey Travis of Canton for the August 21st heist at the Bolivar Speedway. Ferdin is accused of aiding and abetting Travis by driving him away from the scene while Travis is charged as the primary offender.
"The allegation in the indictment is that Ms. Ferdin transported Jeffrey Travis from the location of the aggravated robbery in Tuscarawas County," O'Farrell said.
O’Farrell ordered Ferdin to comply with the terms of her supervision to resolve charges for a similar robbery in Stark County which include that she submit to GPS-monitoring and complete the inmate rehabilitation program through the Stark County Community Corrections Center.
"Everything that is required of you there will be required of you here. I’m not going to differentiate from that at all including your successful completion of the SRCCC program," the judge said.
O’Farrell also reserved a possible prison term for Ferdin ranging from 3 to 4.5 years for any serious probation violations.
Meanwhile, Travis has been sentenced to four to six years in prison after pleading guilty to charges for two other machete robberies in Stark County. He’s due back in Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court January 13th for a pre-trial hearing.