CLEVELAND — A Galion man pleaded guilty in federal court in Cleveland on Thursday to charges related to a hostage situation and bank robbery last November in Ontario.
Chris Hill, 24, pleaded guilty to several charges, including intimidation of a witness, bank robbery, kidnapping, possession of ransom money, four counts of hostage taking and brandishing a firearm in relation to the commission of a felony.
Hill will be sentenced for the crimes he pleaded guilty to on Jan. 19 in federal court. The U.S. attorney’s office is recommending a sentence of 25 years.
Hill was arrested last December along with his co-defendant in the case, Taylor Crisman, who is also known as Taylor Hoam, 19, of 584 N. Union St., Galion, during a traffic stop in front of the Circle K in Galion by officials from the Cleveland branch of the FBI Cleveland Division of the FBI, Mansfield and Canton resident offices, along with officers from the Galion and Ontario Police Departments and Richland County Sheriff’s Office. Both men were reportedly living in Galion at the time of their arrest.
According to the FBI, the armed suspect, believed to be Crisman, entered a KeyBank employee’s home on Millsboro Road on Nov. 5 and held the worker and his family hostage through the night.
Hill and Crisman are accused of getting a KeyBank manager to rob the Ontario bank while holding the banker’s family hostage at their Millsboro Road home. The family reportedly was held at gunpoint overnight while the manager was forced to go to the bank by himself to steal nearly $195,000 in cash.
Both men had originally been scheduled for their trials to begin on Thursday. Crisman has waived his right to a speedy trial.