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Man pleads to armed robbery

October 27, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty to armed robbery and related charges Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court just before two men charged in connection with a homicide committed the same night were in court for a suppression hearing.

Tione Kenneth Blake, 25, whose last known address before his arrest was 115 S. Locust St. in Hagerstown, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to armed robbery, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and illegal possession of a regulated firearm in connection with robbing at gunpoint a 13-year-old boy of $8 and a pack of cigarettes on March 14.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III postponed Blake's sentencing, but told him that he could face a maximum 45-year prison sentence.

Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said that Blake was with Tyshawn Jones and Azaniah Blankumsee, both of whom face felony murder counts in connection with the March 14 shooting death of Jonathan M. Dennis, 19, when the Waynesboro, Pa., man was fatally shot.

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Jones and Blankumsee were in Circuit Court Tuesday for a suppression hearing in their cases.

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