A South Toledo man who robbed Vito’s Pizza on Heatherdowns Boulevard was sent to prison for three years Wednesday, a sentence he must serve after he finishes a three-year term from Wood County.
Blake Long, 22, of 5360 Florita Drive also was ordered to pay $800 in restitution to Vito’s by Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Linda Jennings.
“In the presentence report you stated you just got out of jail and wanted to get high, so you decided to go into Vito’s Pizza brandishing a gun and demanding money,” Judge Jennings said. “I don’t think that you realized the danger that you posed in doing this, but it was very dangerous because you could’ve killed somebody.”
After the March 19 hold-up, she said, Long told his friends about what he’d done, and one of them went to police. Judge Jennings said Long then threatened that friend, an action that resulted in his indictment for intimidation of a crime victim or witness. That charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement with Long, who last month entered an Alford plea, not admitting guilt, to robbery for the Vito’s hold-up.
Last year, Long and three others were charged in Wood County Common Pleas Court with abducting a University of Toledo student by promising him a trip to Cedar Point. They then took him to a vacant house in Bowling Green where they attempted to extort money from his family in China.
Long pleaded guilty to abduction in that case and was sentenced in July to three years in prison by Wood County Common Pleas Judge Robert Pollex.
In court Wednesday, his attorney, Thomas Tomczak, told the court Long’s only criminal activity occurred after he began using cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.
Long apologized to the victim in the robbery and said he “was on drugs, and I’d like to get some help for that.”
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