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Pa. robber pleads guilty

September 14, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., man pleaded guilty to a strong-arm robbery and other charges Monday in Franklin Country Court.

Robert Lee Suders Jr., 19, of 106 Meadow Drive, who is to be sentenced on Nov. 10, pleaded guilty to third-degree felony robbery for a Nov. 29, 1998, purse snatching in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, 1730 Lincoln Way East. Pennsylvania State Police said he pushed a woman to the ground, breaking her nose.

On Sept. 1, a co-defendant, Randy Beecher Jr., 20, of 7263 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville, Pa., was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in Franklin County Prison for the Wal-Mart robbery. He had pleaded guilty on July 12.

Suders pleaded guilty to fleeing police, receiving stolen property and recklessly endangering another person in a Dec. 1 pursuit through the county that reached speeds of 118 mph on U.S. 11, according to state police.

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The chase started when police saw a 1991 Toyota Celica that had been stolen from Brandt Motors, 4847 Lincoln Way West, St. Thomas, Pa. It ended when he wrecked the car in Greencastle, Pa. Suders pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property in that case.

State police said Suders had failed to return a car from a test drive at Jerry's Auto Sales, 5926 Cumberland Highway, Chambersburg, on Aug. 17, 1998. For that he pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Suders was charged in February with possession of instruments of escape after hacksaw blades were found in the Franklin County Prison cell he shared with another inmate. Police said the metal frame of the cell window was partially sawed through.

Suders pleaded guilty to the charge, according to court records.

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