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Franklin judge delays Currier sentencing

December 07, 2000

Franklin judge delays Currier sentencing



SCHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County judge agreed Wednesday to delay the sentencing of the fourth West Virginia man involved in a safe heist so that the man could take care of his ill father.

Eric J. Currier, 24, was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas for his role in the March theft of a safe containing $1.57 million in cash and other valuables from a Mercersburg, Pa., man.

Judge John Walker agreed to postpone the sentencing until Jan. 3 so Currier, of 106 Appletree Garden Road in Ranson, W.Va., could take care of his father.

Doug Roeder, Currier's attorney, did not elaborate on the illness.

Walker last week sentenced Currier's younger brother, Kristopher Currier, 20, of Martinsburg, W.Va., to one to 12 years in the state prison and ordered him to pay about $250,000 in restitution.

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Walker handed Charles Decker, 19, of Martinsburg, W.Va., an identical sentence last week.

The 700-pound safe was stolen from F. Martin Lininger's office in Mercersburg on March 27. The safe contained $208,000 in cash, antique jewelry, stock certificates, bonds and old coins, according to court records.

In October, Judge Carol Van Horn sentenced John Anthony Bigiarelli, 21, of Martinsburg, to 23 months in the Franklin County Jail and ordered him to pay restitution of about $245,000.

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