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Teenager pleads guilty to robbing store, attempting Pa. prison escape

September 24, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., teenager pleaded guilty Wednesday in Franklin County Court to robbing a grocery store last year and trying to escape from the county prison in February.

Jason Paul Shrock, 19, who is serving a state prison sentence on other charges, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 24 for second-degree felony robbery, attempted escape and theft. He is also scheduled to be sentenced that day on another escape charge to which he had already entered a guilty plea, according to court records.

Shrock pleaded guilty to his role in a armed hold-up at Henicle's Market, 11359 Anthony Highway, Waynesboro, on July 17, 1998. Court records said owners Glenn and Susan Henicle were counting the day's receipts when two masked men, one with a handgun, entered the closed store through an unlocked side door.

Glenn Henicle rushed the man with the gun and knocked him over before the other man grabbed him. The two men then fled the store and drove off in a Chevy Blazer, the Washington Township Police report said.

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Shrock also pleaded guilty to theft for stealing a bank bag in a burglary at a Chambersburg dentist's office on Aug. 8, 1998, according to court records.

A search of a cell occupied by Shrock and another inmate on Feb. 4 uncovered two pieces of hacksaw blades, a sheet torn up and tied into a rope and a window frame that had been sawed through, according to Pennsylvania State Police records. Shrock pleaded guilty to attempted escape in that incident.

In exchange for his pleas Wednesday, prosecutors agreed to dismiss two counts each of burglary and criminal conspiracy, and one count each of recklessly endangering another person, receiving stolen property and possession of implements of escape.

Prior to his court appearance Wednesday, Shrock had pleaded guilty to escape for a Nov. 30 incident at Chambersburg Hospital.

He had been taken there for treatment of injuries he suffered in a fight with another inmate, but fled from a prison guard while still in handcuffs, according to court records.

Shrock was caught the next day in Chambersburg, according to Chambersburg police.

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