18-year-old sentenced to six years for armed robbery of Cleveland priest

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CLEVELAND– An 18-year-old involved in the armed robbery of a priest was sentenced to six years on Thursday.

Amin Walker Jr. pleaded guilty to felonious assault and aggravated robbery in the Dec. 11, 2017 attack on Father John Kumse. Walker was given credit for time served. He will be on probation for five years after he is released.

“I’m glad we’re finally coming to an end of this ordeal,” Kumse said. “In doing some reflection on this, it always makes me wonder why everyone is always so sorry and regretful after they  have been apprehended and face the penalty for bad behavior. Is it remorse for being caught? Or remorse because you actually accept and recognize how wrong the decisions you made were?”

Police said the victim was collecting eggs from the chicken coop outside of St. Mary’s Church on Holmes Avenue in Cleveland and he noticed two teens hiding in the bushes.

Prosecutors said Walker and Jaylen Miller demanded Kumse’s belongings and chased him before firing three shots.

The priest was injured when he fell and the teens fled in a stolen van.

Miller was sentenced to nine years in prison. Terrance Kimbrough, who was the driver, was sentenced to seven years in prison. Kenitra Robinson was given probation and community service in connection with the case.

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