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Armed robber gets 8-year sentence

September 09, 2000

Armed robber gets 8-year sentence



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


A Hagerstown man who committed a Dec. 4 armed robbery with his teenage son was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to eight years in prison.

Ricky Lynn Underwood, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery. Judge John H. McDowell sentenced Underwood to 15 years in prison, with all but eight years suspended.

Underwood, who was on parole at the time of the robbery, has seven years back-up time for prior theft and battery convictions, court records said.

The robbery occurred in the first block of Hood Street, Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes said.

Police said the victim, Truman Boyer, told police he was walking about 9:50 p.m. when he was approached by two people.

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Underwood was later identified as the assailant who hit the victim on the arm with a metal pipe, Rozes said.

The accomplice displayed a handgun, Rozes said.

Boyer told police he gave the robbers $60 to $80 in cash and they fled.

A woman who knew Underwood told police he was involved in the robbery and that the younger accomplice was Underwood's son, Ricky Green, then 15. Both were arrested within hours of the incident.

Underwood, formerly of the first block of East Washington Street, was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, theft, robbery, use of a handgun in commission of a crime, carrying a concealed weapon and first- and second-degree assault.

"I apologize for what I did," Underwood said Thursday. "I've already been in jail nine months for this."

Green, now 16, had come to live with his father just before the robbery.

Green appeared before McDowell in Washington County Juvenile Court on Jan. 5. He pleaded not guilty to robbery, but was found guilty and was institutionalized.

Thursday, McDowell admonished Underwood for involving his son in the robbery.

Once released, Underwood will be on probation for three years. Restitution was set at $88.

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