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Pa. man sentenced in house robbery

January 12, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A borough man was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison after he pleaded no contest Monday in Franklin County Court to armed robbery.

Jeffrey Thompson, 19, of 362 E. Washington St., was in court Monday for a trial scheduled in the case. After entering into the plea agreement, he was sentenced and fined $300 by Judge John R. Walker, according to court records.

Thompson had been charged by Chambersburg police with five counts of robbery and one count each of burglary and criminal conspiracy for a May 22, 1998, robbery at a house at 300 S. Second St., according to court records. The other charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement, according to court records.

The affidavit of probable cause said three masked men, one armed with a handgun and another with a shotgun, entered the house at about 11:30 p.m. ordering the people inside to lie down on the floor.

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The victims, Donald Teasley, Shaun Washburn, Shawn Perry, Scott Arana and Takiyah Exum, all of Chambersburg, were bound with tape while the robbers searched the house, according to court records.

Four days after the incident Washburn contacted police, telling them she recognized Thompson as one of the robbers after seeing him riding in a car.

She and another victim later identified Thompson from a photo lineup, the affidavit said.

According to the Public Defender's Office, which represented Thompson, no other people have been charged in the robbery.

Walker gave Thompson credit for time served in the county prison since his arrest on Feb. 8, 1999.

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