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Two sentenced for robbery

July 02, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man and a Pennsylvania man were sentenced in federal court Friday for robbing and assaulting a clerk at the Krista Lite Motel in Martinsburg at gunpoint in June 1998, court records said.

Elijah M. Green, 20, 1403 Lindsay Terrace Apartments, Martinsburg, was sentenced to eight years in prison. Green pleaded guilty in April to one count of interference with commerce by violence and one of use of a firearm during commission of a crime.

Eugene Lamar Jackson, 21, of Lancaster, Pa., was sentenced to eight years and five months. He pleaded guilty in April to one count of interference with commerce by violence and one of use of a firearm during commission of a crime.

According to police records the pair entered the Krista Lite Motel on W.Va. 9 at 10:20 p.m. on June 9, 1998. They took $324 from the cash register, police said. They then forced the female clerk into a storage area and one of the men held a gun to her head and sexually assaulted her, police said.

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They were caught a few hundred yards from the motel, police said.

Sgt. K.C. Bohrer of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department said Friday that state charges against Green were dropped as part of a plea bargain with federal prosecutors.

State sexual assault charges are still pending against Jackson, Bohrer said.

Both men have been in the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg since their apprehension 13 months ago, Bohrer said.

They were handed over to U.S. marshals Friday following their sentencings.

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