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17-Year-Old Suspect Charged As Adult In Multi-County Crime Spree

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The Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a 17-year-old accused in a multi-county crime spree Thursday afternoon.

Devonere Simmonds has been indicted on five felony counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of murder, two felony counts of attempted murder, two felony counts of felonious assault, and one felony count of having a weapon while under disability, for a total of 14 counts.

The indictment alleges that Simmonds was involved in a week-long crime spree that began with the shooting death of 22-year-old Quinten Prater. Prater was shot to death inside of a vehicle parked on Lilley Avenue on July 21, 2013. A second man, 21-year-old James Norvett, was seriously injured in the shooting, according to police.

On July 24, 2013, it is alleged that Simmonds was involved in the shooting death of 34-year-old Imran Ashgar, who was a clerk at the Convenient Plus Food Mart located on East Livingston Avenue. Nathaniel Brunner, 18, his alleged accomplice, has already been indicted for aggravated murder, and aggravated robbery in connection with Ashgar's murder.

On July 27, 2013, it is alleged that Simmonds and Brunner shot 39-year-old William Rudd while he was pumping gas into his vehicle at the TravelCenters of America truck stop located in the area of U.S. Route 42 and Interstate 70.

The two suspects were arrested in Dayton on July 28, 2013, according to the indictment.

If he is convicted of all the charges, Simmonds could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole.

Simmonds will be arraigned in the Franklin County Common Pleas court on January 21.

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