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Pa. man is sentenced

July 18, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A Lancaster, Pa., man was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for his part in the attempted armed robbery of a Sharpsburg bank last October.

Paul Lee Jackson, 28, appeared before Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery.

More serious charges of attempted armed robbery and use of a handgun were dropped in exchange for the plea.

Jackson apologized and told Wright that he was with the wrong guys and got into trouble.

George Jackson, the defendant's father, said he has a place for his son working at his contracting business in Martinsburg, W.Va.

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"I know how he was raised," George Jackson said. "On this day, he made a tremendous mistake."

Julian D. Pace, 22, of Martinsburg, W.Va., is still awaiting trial in the attempted robbery.

On June 12, a Washington County Circuit Court jury found Darrell Andre Shanton, of Hagerstown, guilty of the more serious charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and transporting a handgun in the October 1996 incident at a Sharpsburg bank.

Shanton, 24, of the 400 block of Park Place, was ordered held at the Washington County Detention Center until a criminal records check can be completed, according to Assistant State's Attorney Duane Gigeous.

That record includes an armed robbery conviction in Baltimore and a 1993 conviction for unlawful wounding, court records said.

Shanton also has at least two aliases, authorities said at the time of his arrest on Oct. 28.

The three were arrested Oct. 28, 1996, after the Washington County Sheriff's Department received a call reporting suspicious activity at the rear parking lot of the Washington County National Bank in Sharpsburg.

The three men were seen leaving a car and heading toward the bank, wearing ski masks and bandannas as they approached.

They later got back in the car and left Sharpsburg, heading to Hagerstown.

They were arrested on West Side Avenue a short time later.

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