Toledo man pleads guilty to Econo Lodge robbery

Joseph V. Fleming IV, 28, of Toledo, pleaded guilty today to aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, as part of a plea deal.

Fleming is charged in connection with the shooting death of Marcus Alexander, a Toledo man who was killed Feb. 17, 2017, at Findlay’s Econo Lodge Motel on Emma Street.

In a plea deal, Hancock County prosecutors agreed to drop a murder charge against Fleming at his sentencing, and recommend no more than seven years in prison.

In exchange, Fleming gave a statement to prosecutors and agreed to testify against a codefendant, Jessica L. Kisseberth, 27, of Leipsic, who also was charged with murder, an unclassified felony, and aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, in connection with Alexander’s death. Prosecutors said they suspect that Fleming was not the primary conspirator in the robbery.

Hancock County Assistant Prosecutor Steve Powell said Fleming is eligible for up to 11 years in prison. Judge Reginald Routson made it clear during the plea hearing that he could still impose up to an 11-year sentence.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Hancock County Prosecutor Phil Riegle has said that Alexander was acquainted with Kisseberth and Fleming. All three are suspected of being co-conspirators in an aggravated robbery. The indictments against Kisseberth and Fleming state that Alexander’s death was a result of their attempt to commit an aggravated robbery.

According to the prosecutor, the target of the robbery was Husam H. Coleman, 36, of Chicago, who shot Alexander. Coleman pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, and was sentenced to five years in prison last year.

Police were called to the Emma Street motel at about 1 a.m. on Feb. 17, 2017, after reports of gunshots. They found Alexander on a second-floor balcony. He died at the scene.

Coleman was taken into custody after being located a short time later at a Findlay apartment.

A motel clerk reported after the shooting that Alexander was staying at the motel but had registered under another name.

Alexander’s autopsy indicated he was shot three times.

No other details concerning the shooting have been released by police.

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