Plainwell armed robbery still goes through court

Daniel Pepper, Staff Writer

A man accused of robbing a Plainwell gas station was scheduled to enter a guilty plea in Allegan County Circuit Court, but changed his mind.

Homer Robert Clay, 40, of Muskegon was charged with armed robbery after an October 2013 incident at the Admiral gas station at 665 Allegan St. (M-89). According to police, Clay was arrested after a man robbed the gas station and then ran across M-89 toward the Plainwell Comfort Inn. Plainwell police and Allegan County Sheriff Department officers searched the area with the help of a canine team and found Clay, who has pleaded not guilty, hiding in some cattails along the bank of the Kalamazoo River.

In court Monday, Oct. 6, Allegan County prosecutor Fred Anderson said a plea agreement had been tentatively reached.

“But Mr. (Clay’s attorney Paul) Klein says his client isn’t there yet,” Anderson said.

The prosecutor noted because the crime happened almost a year ago, he’d like to proceed quickly after the lengthy process of determining Clay was competent to stand trial.

For full story, pick up a copy of the Oct. 16 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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