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Man receives sentence in 1998 robberies

July 30, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 4-year-old case involving a man accused of stealing money and a car from two 81-year-old women ended Monday with a guilty plea to two felony counts of aggravated robbery.

Baylis M. Green Jr., who was 36 years old at the time of the Feb. 6, 1998, incident, was sentenced to serve two back-to-back 20-year prison sentences, Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said.

Green was taken to Eastern Regional Jail while awaiting transfer to a state penitentiary. The case was delayed in part because, until August 2000, Green was serving time in an Ohio prison for an unrelated felony, Games-Neely said.

The deputy who investigated the case and one of the victims approved of the plea bargain. The other victim has since died of unrelated causes, Games-Neely said.

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Green approached the women's apartment that February night and claimed his car had broken down. After he used the women's portable phone from outside their apartment, he forced his way inside, took $35, two credit cards and the keys to their Mercury Topaz, according to earlier reports. He and the car were later found in Fairmont, W.Va., Games-Neely said.

The plea was accepted by Circuit Judge David Sanders. Green did not make a statement before the court, Games-Neely said.

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