Ohio man pleads guilty in jewelry store robbery

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the armed robbery of a central Ohio jewelry store last year.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 26-year-old Darnell J. Harris pleaded guilty Monday in Columbus to obstructing interstate commerce and to brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

Authorities say Harris entered Heins Jewelers in Reynoldsburg in May 2012 while his 19-year-old sister posed as a customer.

Prosecutors say Harris tied up two employees and beat one in the face and head with a gun.

Authorities say the siblings, of Canal Winchester, fled with jewels and cash.

A message was left at Harris' attorney's office.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Harris' sister, Mariah Harris, pleaded guilty this month in the robbery to obstructing interstate commerce.

Sentencing dates haven't been set.

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