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Robber thankful for his jail time

September 07, 2000

Robber thankful for his jail time



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


Admitting that he can't handle life "on the outside," Marshall Lynn Spigler was sentenced to 37 years in prison Thursday for two armed robberies last May.

"I leave here contented," Spigler said as he was escorted from a Washington County Circuit courtroom after entering guilty pleas before Judge Donald Beachley.

Spigler admitted to the May 28 armed robbery of the AC&T service station on Burhans Boulevard and the armed robbery of the AC&T service station on Wesel Boulevard on May 30.

Beachley imposed two consecutive 16-year sentences for each robbery. An additional five-year term was tacked on for violation of an earlier probation on a bad check charge.

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Beachley noted that since the robberies were crimes of violence, Spigler must serve at least 16 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

Charges of robbery, first-degree assault, felony theft and several handgun violations were dropped in exchange for the pleas.

"Mr. Spigler told Detective Carroll Braun he doesn't think he can make it on the outside," said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion.

Spigler said he had an addiction problem that began when he started using drugs and alcohol at age 8.

Thefts, forgeries and handgun violations began leading to jail terms, starting at an early age.

"Each time I get out of jail, I stay out less and less," Spigler told Beachley.

Spigler said he believes treatment could have prevented him from following a life of crime.

"I go to sleep and dream about hurting people ... and I don't want to hurt people," Spigler said. "Prison is not a good place but it's all I know."

Spigler, 37, of no fixed address, had been in custody since June 8 after Hagerstown City Police went to a home at 428 Salem Ave. and found him hiding in the attic.

In the May 28 robbery, he escaped with a small amount of cash after pointing a handgun at the store clerk and demanding money from the cash register.

On May 30, an AC&T service station at 1615 Wesel Blvd. in Hagerstown was robbed at gunpoint at 8:45 p.m., according to court records.

After his apprehension on June 8, Spigler told police he robbed both AC&Ts using a toy cap gun in the first robbery and a BB pistol in the second, court records said.

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