Change of plea set for accused bank robber


A trial has been set for a man accused of robbing the First Merit Bank in Lewis Center last June.

Seth P. Kafoure, was scheduled to stand trial in Delaware County Common Please Court on Jan. 31 and face a not guilty plea to two counts of robbery, second-degree felonies and two counts of theft, a fifth-degree felony and a first-degree misdemeanor.

However, the morning the trial was scheduled to begin a judgment entry was filed by Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley indicating that the trial was to be vacated because Kafoure wished to change his plea. Gormley then scheduled a change of plea hearing for Feb. 27 at 3:30 p.m.

When Kafoure was indicted on Oct. 14, prosecutors reported that on June 15, 2016 deputies responded to a robbery in progress call from First Merit Bank in Lewis Center.

“A man presented a note demanding cash to a teller,” Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien said when Kafoure was indicted. “The man, who received money from the employee, was caught on surveillance video.” Prosecutors said the indictment also includes charges related to a June 8, 2016, Huntington Bank robbery in New Albany.

Kafoure’s attorney, William Leber, said that Kafoure is already in prison from charges relating to a June 10, 2016 robbery of a Fifth Third Bank in Warren County, Ohio. Leber said Kafoure will be released from prison in June of 2021.

Since Kafoure is incarcerated at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, Gormley gave Kafoure a recognizance bond.

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By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

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