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Man sentenced in robbery of dry cleaners

July 22, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

The man who robbed a clerk at Professional Dry Cleaners on West Franklin Street in February was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Michael Lee Thurmond, 51, of 149 N. Potomac St., had been charged with armed robbery and theft. He pleaded guilty to robbery and the rest of the charges were dropped.

Hagerstown City Police said Thurmond held his hand in his pocket and demanded money from the clerk at about 2:31 p.m. Feb. 23. No weapons were displayed, police said.

He got away with $50 but was quickly apprehended when police found a person walking on the first block of West Church Street who matched the description given by the clerk, police said.

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Thurmond told Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III that he would prefer to go to the Washington County Detention Center to serve his sentence.

But Wright said Thurmond spent 15 months at the county jail once before and that apparently didn't do it.

Wright gave Thurmond credit for the time he has served awaiting trial.

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