Three charged in robberies are sentenced

January 27, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

Three defendants charged in three separate robberies who appeared before Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley Thursday had one thing in common - their co-defendant.

That co-defendant was Christopher Winkey Crudup, 30, formerly of the 100 block of West Washington Street.

Crudup, who appeared in court earlier this month, is serving a total of 15 years in prison for armed robbery, robbery and theft in three 1999 incidents, according to court records.

On Thursday, Crudup's three companions on those three separate crimes were sentenced.

* Christina Gostowski, 33, of Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft for her part in a purse-snatching robbery on July 22 at a Hagerstown Food Lion grocery store.

According to Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes, Gostowski drove the getaway vehicle after Crudup grabbed a woman's purse around 11:45 p.m.


"It was not a planned event," Gostowski said after Beachley sentenced her to 18 months in jail.

In jail since October, Gostowski acknowledged that drug addiction led to her criminal activity.

* Christine Diane Seal, 24, formerly of Ranson, W.Va., pleaded guilty to the Aug. 9 robbery of B.J.'s Market. She was sentenced to serve eight years in prison.

In the market robbery, court records said a man - later identified as Crudup - and a woman entered the 438 W. Washington St. store and ordered a sandwich at 4:30 p.m.

As the clerk was preparing the sandwich, the man went around the counter, showed a handgun and demanded money.

The two left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

"I have a really bad drug problem," Seal said Thursday. "It makes me do things I wish I didn't do."

* Donald Wayne Cline, 19, of no fixed address, was sentenced Thursday to serve 10 years in prison for the Aug. 9 robbery of the Friendly Cafe at 231 W. Franklin St.

In that case, Cline and Crudup went into the bar at 10:15 p.m. and ordered drinks. A few minutes later, Cline displayed a handgun, placed it against a barmaid's head and ordered patrons not to move.

Crudup grabbed money from the cash register, court records said.

At a 1999 bond review in Washington County District Court, Crudup was found to have committed a previous crime of violence in New York, a 1991 attempted robbery, according to court records.

Crudup told Judge Noel Spence at that hearing that he did his time for that crime and several larcenies in New York. He said he was on parole with 15 months left to serve.

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