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Man guilty of robbery

September 30, 1998

A Hagerstown man who turned himself in to Hagerstown City Police in connection with a Feb. 23 armed robbery was found guilty of that offense and others Thursday by a Washington County Circuit Court jury.

James Rex Barber, 47, formerly a resident at the Hagerstown Union Rescue Mission, was sentenced to 12 years in prison by Judge John H. McDowell. The sentence included 10 years for the armed robbery and two for one count of assault.

Convictions for two counts of reckless endangerment earned him a seven-year concurrent sentence, court records said.

Police obtained warrants for Barber in the Feb. 23 armed robbery of Potomac Liquors after the victim and a witness identified him from a photo line-up, court records said.

His name surfaced when police received a tip that Barber may have been the man who came into the store displaying a large butcher knife and demanding money, police said.

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Several times during the robbery, the man threatened to kill the victim and a witness if he didn't get the money, court records said.

-Marlo Barnhart

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