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Shotgun robber sentenced in Pa.

December 31, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County man convicted of robbing a Fort Loudon, Pa., grocery store with a sawed-off shotgun was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to from 44 months to 15 years in state prison.

Jeremy Strock, 24, of 9016 Fort McCord Road, Chambersburg, had entered a guilty plea in November as part of an agreement that allowed him to avoid a five-year minimum mandatory sentence for committing a robbery with a firearm.

The sentencing before Judge Richard J. Walsh was continued from the morning to the afternoon to allow him to consider arguments on whether Strock should serve his sentence in the county prison.

Franklin County District Attorney John F. Nelson said he would not have considered less than the mandatory minimum sentence if he thought the court would send Strock to the county prison.

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Noting the sentencing guidelines called for as little as 40 months in prison, Nelson said, "He's been given a gift of more than a year and a half off his mandatory minimum sentence."

Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom said the victims had agreed to the plea agreement with the understanding Strock would receive a lengthy prison sentence.

Assistant Public Defender Nancy Meyers argued unsuccessfully that Walsh could give Strock a suspended state prison sentence and then order him to serve time locally as a condition of probation.

On April 6, Strock held up the Valley Market, 96 Path Valley Road, threatening two cashiers with a sawed-off shotgun, according to court records.

Court records said he was pulled over by a Pennsylvania State Police trooper on Campbell's Run Road seven minutes after the 4:53 p.m. holdup. Police found $257 and the loaded weapon in the vehicle.

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