Teen sentenced in store robbery
By MARLO BARNHART
More than a year after the armed robbery of the Conococheague Grocery near Clear Spring, a Baltimore teenager was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.
Rodney Allen Wright, 17, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery before Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell.
After he is released from prison, Wright will be on probation for three years. He was ordered to pay $1,000 as his share of restitution, according to Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion.
Two others charged in the Jan. 5, 1997, armed robbery of the store are scheduled for trial Feb. 24.
Joseph E. Hoyle and Sam Christopher Hacker, both 16, have been in custody since their arrests shortly after the robbery.
Wright also had been in jail more than a year awaiting trial, Cirincion said.
Court records showed that Wright had his first exposure to Washington County when he was committed to the Oak Hill House for troubled teens near Clear Spring in late 1996 on an unrelated matter.