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Man to serve five years in robbery

August 24, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

The last of three men charged in a 1996 attempted robbery of a bank in Sharpsburg was sentenced to serve five years in prison Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Julian D. Pace, 24, formerly of Martinsburg, W.Va., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Circuit Judge John H. McDowell imposed a 15-year sentence but suspended all but five years, to be served concurrently with another five-year sentence Pace is serving in West Virginia at the penitentiary in Huttonsville.

That sentence was for a wanton endangerment conviction in a November 1997 incident in Charles Town, W.Va., in which Pace fired shots into the home of a 66-year-old woman, according to court records. No one was hit by the shots.

"The court considers this a very serious offense," McDowell said of the Sharpsburg bank incident.

Defense attorney Carl Creeden told McDowell that Pace and two others never entered the bank on Oct. 28, 1996.

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Then known as the Washington County Savings Bank, the bank is now the American Trust Bank in Sharpsburg.

"He had been associating with bad people," Creeden said.

"I would appreciate it if the court can look at me and know that I have learned from my mistakes," Pace said.

Co-defendant Darrell Andre Shanton, 26, was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison by McDowell in August, 1997.

A jury found Shanton guilty of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and transporting a handgun.

A sentence of one year and one day was ordered for the handgun violation, with a 15-year concurrent sentence for the conspiracy charge, court records said.

The third man, Paul Lee Jackson, now 30, formerly of Lancaster, Pa., was sentenced to serve five years in prison in July 1997, also for conspiracy to commit robbery.

The three were arrested Oct. 28 after the Washington County Sheriff's Department received a call reporting suspicious activity at the rear parking lot of the bank in Sharpsburg.

A car matching the description of the one in which the men at the bank were riding was spotted by police near the intersection of South Potomac Street and Wilson Boulevard in Hagerstown, police reports said.

Police stopped the car at the intersection of West Side and Salem avenues, police reports said.

A search of the car revealed two loaded semi-automatic handguns and a loaded revolver, police reports said.

Police said they also found two bandannas, a roll of duct tape, three pairs of gloves, and three knit caps.

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