CHARLESTON -- A man admitted taking part in two robberies and now faces at least six years in prison.

The agreement in the cases against Martin R. "Pete" Oliver did reduce the length of his prison term but prison time will be required for the convictions.

Oliver, 25, whose most recent address on record is on Division Street in Charleston, was accused of a role in the break-in and robbery at a Charleston apartment on Dec. 6, 2015.

He was also one of the people charged with kidnapping a man from a Charleston motel on May 31, 2016, then taking him to businesses and forcing him to make purchases.

His guilty pleas were to charges including home invasion in connection with the 2015 apartment robbery and armed robbery in connection with last year's kidnapping incident.

Oliver also pleaded guilty to a newly filed weapons charge alleging he had a gun during the kidnapping and robbery.

While there were changes to the charges to reduce the length of the prison sentences, there was no agreement on the sentence Oliver will receive.

Circuit Judge James Glenn scheduled a sentencing hearing for Nov. 21. Coles County Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher is prosecuting the case and attorney Jeannine Garrett represents Oliver.

Oliver remains jailed pending sentencing.

The changes to the home invasion and armed robbery charges were removing the allegations that Oliver was armed with a gun at the time of those crimes.

That would have meant a required addition of 15 years to the sentence upon conviction, meaning Oliver would have faced a 21- to 45-year prison term.

The newly filed weapons charge also requires a prison sentence but, as it doesn't specifically accuse Oliver of using the gun during a crime, has a sentencing range of one to six years.

Bucher said he wanted the agreement to include a conviction for a weapons offense.

At sentencing, Glenn could order the prison sentences for the various charges to run at the same time.

There's no requirement that the sentences for the two crimes be added together because Oliver wasn't out of jail on bond when the second one took place.

He was first charged in connection with the May 2016 kidnapping and robbery and was later identified as a suspect in the 2015 apartment robbery.

Another man charged in connection with the apartment robbery is serving prison sentences for that and another conviction while a third suspect was identified but remains at large.

A fourth person reportedly involved in that robbery, which took place at an apartment on Davis Street in Charleston, has never been identified, according to authorities.

The kidnapping incident, which began at the Unique Suites motel, led to the arrests of four other people in connection with it or related crimes. Two are serving prison sentences and the cases against the others are still pending.


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