Warren County hotel robber sentenced to 14 years behind bars

A 35-year-old man will spend the next for 14 years of his life behind bars for taking $885 during a series of hotel robberies in Warren County.

Julian King Jr., 35, of Moraine, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of aggravated robbery and three counts of robbery. He accepted a plea agreement and was immediately sentenced to 14 years in prison for offenses in Springboro, Middletown, Franklin and Mason.

Law enforcement officials arrested King in October 2013, a little more than a month after his week-long string of hotel robberies.

The series of robberies began on the afternoon of Sept. 3 at the Hampton Inn in Springboro.

Prosecutors say King jumped over the check-in counter, displayed a handgun and demanded money from a desk clerk. King made off with $300.

Two days later, on Sept. 5 at approximately 3:50 p.m., King entered the Days Inn in Middletown, went behind the counter, grabbed an employee and demanded money.

After not getting anything from the Days Inn, King traveled 30 minutes to Franklin and robbed the Quail Inn of $285. Prosecutors said he used the same approach in that offense, grabbing and threatening a desk clerk before demanding money.

During the early evening hours of Sept. 9, King entered the Baymont Inn and Suites in Mason, prosecutors told the Warren County jury. King's victim in this offense was a pregnant desk clerk, who was grabbed by the neck and threatened before she gave him $300.

Part of the length of King’s sentence has to do with his history of violent crimes around the country, according Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell. King's previous list of offenses includes robberies, burglaries, and assaults.

King still faces charges for unrelated aggravated robbery offenses in Montgomery County.

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