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Published: Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 12:24 PM
By: Mark Gokavi - Staff Writer
— The suspect accused of killing a Beavercreek man in front of his children was sentenced for a gun crime in South Carolina and is being returned to Ohio, according to South Carolina federal court sources.
Sterling Roberts, 35, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday in Greenville, S.C., for unlawful transport of weapons stemming from an Aug. 18, 2017 incident when he fired multiple shots at a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s vehicle in a Circle K parking lot.
A South Carolina District Court prosecutor said Thursday that U.S. Marshals are bringing Roberts to Ohio for his federal case. He could face the death penalty if he’s found guilty of killing Robert “Bobby” Caldwell on Aug. 15, 2017.
His federal public defender said Roberts doesn’t face any other charges in South Carolina in connection with the shooting a few days after Caldwell’s death.
Roberts and five other people face charges in what prosecutors in Dayton’s U.S. District Court called a conspiracy to kill Caldwell, who was shot in a Riverside parking lot in front of three of his sons.
One of Caldwell’s sons, Jacob, went missing for a year after the killing. Jacob was found Aug. 28, 2018, in the basement of a Miami Twp. residence living with four adults.
Roberts and his girlfriend Tawnney Caldwell (Bobby Caldwell’s ex-wife), face death penalty-eligible charges including cyber stalking, using an illegally possessed firearm to stalk and murder Robert Caldwell, aiding and abetting the illegal gun possession and obstructing justice.
Others indicted include Tawnney’s mother and stepfather, Chandra Harmon and James Harmon, plus Sterling Roberts’ brothers Christopher Roberts and Chance Deakin. Christopher Roberts had his bond revoked in December and is being housed in the Butler County Jail.
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