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City teen sentenced for role in break-in

July 25, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

An attorney for a Hagerstown teenager who admitted to forcing his way into a Madison Avenue home with three other males to rob the occupants said the 15-year-old did so to help out his financially strapped family.

Defense attorney Elisha Elliot told Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley Wednesday that her client wasn't trying to minimize his actions, but "he thought it was easy money" that he could give to his mother.

Beachley placed the 15-year-old in temporary non-community residential care.

"I hope you can turn it around," Beachley said.

The 15-year-old, along with Daniel Keith Edmonds, 17, of 1008H Noland Drive, and Azaniah Blankumsee, 24, of 558 N. Prospect St., Apt. 5, each were charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, general robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, second-degree assault, false imprisonment and theft, police said.

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Edmonds and the 15-year-old also were charged with possession of marijuana.

The teenager admitted to one count each of robbery and first-degree burglary before Judge John McDowell in June.

Police said the robbers went to a home in the first block of Madison Avenue to rob the occupants of $13,000 they believed was there on May 27.

The robbers pushed their way into the home, and the juvenile pointed a BB gun at the residents and demanded cash.

They searched the home but didn't find any money and fled.

"It was very serious, very confrontational," said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Steve Kessell.

The 15-year-old today is not the same person that committed the robbery, Elliot said.

"He has changed his heart," she said.

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