Man sentenced to serve 15 years, pay $20K for cellphone store robberies

James D. Shell, 29, of Germantown is charged with aggravated robbery after police said he and another person robbed a Deerfield Township Verizon store. SOURCE: Warren County Sheriff

LEBANON, Ohio (WLWT) — A Germantown man has been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for two Verizon store robberies.

James Shell, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and two counts of kidnapping in connection with robberies in Germantown on June 24 and in Deerfield Township on July 3.

Prosecutors said that, in each robbery, he and another person entered the store and brandished a toy gun, assaulted the clerk, tied them up in a bathroom and stole cellphones, iPads and cash.

Shell was ordered to pay more than $20,000 in restitution to the stores. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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