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Judge sentences man to 25 years in robbery

November 05, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Washington County Circuit judge on Thursday handed down a 25-year sentence to a Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty last week to robbing a boy at gunpoint in March.

Tione Kenneth Blake, 25, whose last known address before his arrest was 115 S. Locust St. in Hagerstown, pleaded guilty on Oct. 26 to armed robbery, use of a handgun in the commission of a felony and illegal possession of a regulated firearm, court documents say.

The charges related to the March 14 robbery at gunpoint of a 13-year-old boy of $8 and a pack of cigarettes, according to court documents.

On Oct. 26, Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III postponed Blake's sentencing, but told him that he could face a maximum 45-year prison sentence.

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On Thursday, Wright sentenced Blake to serve 20 years in prison on the armed robbery charge and gave him a five-year consecutive sentence on the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony charge, court documents say.

He sentenced him to a five-year concurrent sentence on the illegal possession of a regulated firearm charge, according to court documents.

Wright ordered that the five-year sentence on the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony charge be served without parole, according to court documents.

Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael has 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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