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Teen pleads in armed robbery

June 13, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A Hagerstown teenager who was charged as an adult with robbing a taxi cab driver last December pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery Monday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Antoine Leroy Moss, 17, of 33 W. Washington St., will serve 18 months at the Washington County Detention Center. He was sentenced to serve six years in prison, but 41/2 years were suspended. Other charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Moss will be on supervised probation for two years after his release from jail.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department was called to Harwood Road late on Dec. 18, 2002, where a Miller Transportation driver said he had been robbed of his fare money by two males in their teens or 20s, according to charging documents

Hagerstown City Police charged Moss and another teenager after Moss admitted to police he held a knife to the driver's neck while the other boy demanded the money. Moss took $34 from the driver and gave it to the other teenager, according to charging documents.

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Both were charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, misdemeanor theft, and three conspiracy charges.

The other teenager, who was 15 at the time of the robbery, on Feb. 12 pleaded involved at a juvenile court hearing to one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, said Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Steven C. Kessell. That boy was committed to a Department of Juvenile Justice residential detention facility.

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