Seltz gets prison time after violating probation

A Willard man will do time after his probation was revoked following a probation violation hearing on Thursday, Jan. 2. Benjamin Shane Seltz, 34, was sentenced to serve his original 10-year prison sentence, according to the amended sentence and judgement report in his case. The report also showed Seltz will be put into an institutional treatment program.
Seltz originally pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery on Dec. 10, 2018. According to the probable cause statement in that case, he robbed a Springfield Casey’s convenience store clerk of at least $184 cash and a pack of cigarettes at knifepoint on Aug. 14, 2017. Officers found Seltz in the area of Mellville and Kearney and apprehended him after a short foot chase. The cash and cigarettes were found on his person.
In a post-Miranda interview, Seltz described the robbery as “a stupid mistake.” He denied using a knife in the robbery at first, but admitted using one when detectives told him they would see the convenience store’s surveillance footage. He described the knife as a “kitchen-type steak knife with a black handle,” and said he threw it into the woods shortly after he left Casey’s. He then said he didn’t have anything else to say and “the video would not lie.”
The detective investigating the case reported viewing the footage from the Casey’s store. He said a man who appeared to be Seltz appeared to try to get money from an ATM, then walked towards the store clerk. He said Seltz attempted to purchase a pack of cigarettes, and while the clerk was on the register, Seltz pulled a large fixed-blade knife from the back of his pants with his right hand and pointed it at the clerk. The clerk opened the register and handed Seltz the money; Seltz then left the store and headed south.
In his original trial, Seltz pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery as part of a plea deal. Under the deal, Seltz received a suspended execution of a 10-year prison sentence and five years of supervised probation. He was also ordered to complete 25 hours of community service, pay $68 to the Crime Victim’s Restitution Fund, refrain from consuming alcohol and stay out of all Casey’s Convenience Stores.
It was not immediately clear what Seltz’s probation violation was; the Greene County Circuit Clerk’s office declined to provide a copy of the field violation report, stating field violation reports are confidential and cannot be released without a court order.
Seltz remained in the Greene County Jail as of press time.


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