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Man pleads guilty to robbery charges

April 15, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

After entering two guilty pleas Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court, Darren Andrew Seibert now faces the same possible penalties as his co-defendant in two robberies last fall.

Seibert, 19, of 16815 Broadfording Road, admitted to the armed robbery of the AC&T gas station on Jefferson Boulevard on Oct. 26, and the robbery of Your Country Store at 17035 Fairview Road, six miles west of Hagerstown, on Oct. 29.

Judge John H. McDowell jailed him pending completion of a pre-sentence investigation, according to Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Mark Wolfe.

Seibert had been charged with armed robbery, robbery, handgun violations and first-degree assault, court records said.

Conviction on an armed robbery charge carries a maximum 20-year sentence. The maximum sentence for conviction on a robbery charge is 10 years.

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One of Seibert's co-defendants pleaded guilty on April 6 to two of those crimes in Washington County Circuit Court and faces the same possible penalties.

Gary Morris Sabean Jr., 19, of 13432 Windsor Drive, also was returned to jail to await sentencing.

Sabean pleaded guilty to one count of robbery in the AC&T incident, and one count of armed robbery at Your Country Store, according to court records.

The difference in those pleas is related to who had the weapon in those incidents, court records said.

The third co-defendant, Christopher Michael Stains, 17, of 11502 Dam No. 5 Road, who originally was charged as an adult, was sent to juvenile court in April for future prosecution, court records said.

A call to Washington County Crime Solvers before the Oct. 29 armed robbery put Maryland State Police on alert and led to the apprehension of the trio.

Your Country Store was entered at 8:10 p.m. by a white man wearing a black ski mask and a gray pullover sweatshirt. He displayed a gun and demanded money.

Police said the call to Crime Solvers gave state police information about prior robberies and mentioned a vehicle.

When a robbery occurred later that day, state police used the information in an attempt to determine if the latest robbery was related.

The vehicle was found at the Long Meadow Shopping Center and with police watching, the three suspects returned to that vehicle and another vehicle and drove away, court records said.

A stop of the two vehicles turned up evidence of the robbery, state police said. A handgun was also recovered, court records said.

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