Galion men total 62 years in kidnapping, robbery

Staff report

Taylor Crisman

Taylor Crisman

Chris Hill

CLEVELAND — Two Galion men were sentenced Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Cleveland for their roles in a robbery that occurred in Ontario in November of 2015.

Taylor Crisman, 19, was sentenced by a judge in federal court to a total of 37 years in prison while 24-year-old Chris Hill was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The men were arraigned on a 12-count indictment in January of 2016 that included bank robbery, four counts of kidnapping, receiving ransom money in the amount of $194,845 in U.S. currency, brandishing a firearm while taking hostages, detaining the four victims in the case in order to obtain money and using the threat of force against a witness or witnesses to prevent or delay testimony of that person or persons.

The pair were found guilty of holding Brian McConnell’s family hostage in Mansfield on Nov. 6, 2015, and forcing McConnell, who is the KeyBank manager in Ontario, to rob the bank and give them the money. Hill was said to have driven the vehicle while Crisman held the bank manager’s family hostage, which included his children. The pair forced McConnell to rob the bank of approximately $195,000.

Hill and Crisman were arrested in a traffic stop near the Circle K gas station and convenience store in Galion on Dec. 2 by agents from the Cleveland Division of the FBI and the Mansfield and Canton resident offices, police officers from the Ontario and Galion Police Departments and deputies from the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

A third person involved in the case, Sarah Garrett, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for aiding Hill and Crisman by proving them with information she accessed through the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway Network on her job.

Taylor Crisman Crisman

Chris Hill Hill

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