Miller Lane restaurant robber sentenced to prison

By Darrell Wacker -

BUTLER TWP. – A 37-year old Dayton woman will spend the next 21 months in prison after a robbery attempt at the Steak ‘n Shake restaurant on Miller Lane in July.

Jessalynn Mae Harness was sentenced to mandatory prison time by Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Timothy N. O’Connell on Nov. 2. Harness was sentenced to a two-year term but will get 95 days of credit for time served in jail.

A second count of the indictment, failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, was dismissed.

According to Butler Township Police, Harness entered the restaurant on July 29 armed with a stun gun and gave gave an employee a note. She said she would have them all killed if the employees did not give her money.

Harness left in a black truck. Six minutes later, an officer located the truck traveling south on Miller Lane and attempted a stop. She then fled and officers initiated a short pursuit that was later cancelled.

A while later, deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office entered into a pursuit of the suspect which ended when the vehicle crashed.

According to the Montgomery County Prosecutors office, Harness will also face three years of mandatory Post-Release Control when she is released from prison.

By Darrell Wacker

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.