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Man sentenced to 5 years on robbery charge

December 20, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County, Pa., man who was accidentally shot by his accomplice while attempting to rob a house last year was sentenced to a minimum of five years in state prison.

Franklin County Judge John Walker sentenced Kirk Griffith, also known as Antwayn McDowell, to serve five to 15 years in state prison for one count of robbery last week, giving him credit for 314 days for time already served, according to court records.

He also sentenced him to 15 years probation for conspiracy to commit robbery.

A jury found Griffith, 27, guilty of the charges on Oct. 29, according to court records.

Griffith and another man attempted to rob a residence in the 100 block of Marco Circle in Southampton Township in the early morning hours of Aug. 25, 2001, court records said.

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The victim told police the men came into the residence and one pulled out a handgun and ordered him to the floor.

As one of the intruders was waving the handgun around, he accidentally shot Griffith in the shoulder while he was standing near the bedroom door, according to court records.

Griffith sought treatment for a gunshot wound to the left arm and shoulder at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown that morning. He told a Hagerstown Police Department detective that he had been shot while walking down a street in Hagerstown, according to court records.

Pennsylvania State Police found a bullet hole in a bedroom door at the Marco Circle home and blood stains that matched Griffith's DNA, court records show.

Griffith has been held in Franklin County Prison since January on $200,000 bail, according to court records.

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