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Man reaches plea agreement in robbery from Pa. business

June 05, 2003|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man charged with robbing a Chambersburg business last year pleaded guilty to robbery Wednesday in Franklin County Court and was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.

Gabriel R. Rivera, 19, of 120 Mont Alto Road, had been scheduled for mandatory arraignment Wednesday, but instead reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that included the length of his sentence. In addition to prison, Judge John R. Walker fined him $200.

In exchange for the plea agreement, charges of criminal conspiracy and theft were dropped, according to court records.

The Chambersburg police affidavit of probable cause stated that Rivera robbed Sollenberger's Messenger Service at 520 Lincoln Way East at gunpoint just after noon on Nov. 29. A juvenile who allegedly acted with Rivera was caught by police within a few minutes and implicated Rivera, according to the affidavit.

Police also found a .40-caliber Glock handgun at the time of the 17-year-old's arrest, along with clothes that he and Rivera allegedly changed out of after the holdup.

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The juvenile, Joshua L. Kelly, now 18, of Chambersburg, was charged as an adult with robbery, theft and criminal conspiracy. His case is pending, according to court records.

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