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Area men sentenced on robbery, weapons charges

April 23, 2003

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Martinsburg men were sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court, one for bank robbery and the other for illegally possessing a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Wheeling, W.Va.

Jerry L. Vandevender II, 33, of 273 Dunnview Drive, was sentenced to three years and five months in prison, officials said. Vandevender pleaded guilty Jan. 27 to a bank robbery on Oct. 28 last year in Martinsburg, officials said.

Vandevender also was sentenced to three years supervised release - after serving his prison time - and ordered to pay $4,175 in restitution, officials said.

Tyriek Kearney, 23, was sentenced to two years and three months in prison, officials said. Afterward, he will have three years of supervised release.

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On Jan. 27, Kearney pleaded guilty to knowingly possessing a Raven Arms .25-caliber, semi-automatic pistol on July 17, 2001, in Berkeley County, officials said.

Kearney previously was convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence and the pistol was transported in interstate commerce, officials said.

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