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Judge sees 'turning point' for Pa. man, gives him 30 days

December 16, 2000

Judge sees 'turning point' for Pa. man, gives him 30 days



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man who was charged with a string of criminal offenses over the last year received a 30-day jail sentence plus probation Wednesday.

Robert Lee Thomas Jr., 19, of 1821 Guilford Station Road, was sentenced on charges of simple assault, retail theft, consumption of liquor and loitering for incidents dating from Oct. 30, 1999, to April 4.

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Walker sentenced Thomas to serve from 30 days to 23 months in Franklin County Prison for the assault and gave him two years probation on the other charges.

"This is a turning point at Robert Lee Thomas Jr.'s life. Good luck and I hope you make a change with your life," Walker said after reading the sentence.

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Walker said he took into account Thomas' absence of an adult record, but added, "I think someone who commits four crimes deserves a little time."

Thomas was charged with simple assault stemming from an Oct. 30, 1999, fight with his girlfriend.

The pair got into an argument at Thomas' home and he shoved her, causing her to fall. He then kicked her in the ribs about six times and bit her twice, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

On Dec. 31, 1999, Thomas and a friend were accused of trying to steal four Sony Play Station games by concealing them in their pockets and pants, according to the affidavit.

Thomas' criminal spree continued into April 4, when he and a juvenile friend were charged with consumption of liquor and loitering or prowling for continually pounding on a Guilford Township man's door after he asked them to leave, according to the affidavit.

"If he came in with one violation, I would believe he just slipped," Walker said. "He beat up his girlfriend, got caught shoplifting video games, then he was loitering, then he was underage drinking.

"He showed me that Robert is going to do whatever he wants. In the old days they called them outlaws."

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