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Woman sentenced in purse snatching

December 14, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

A Martinsburg, W.Va., woman was sentenced Monday in connection with a purse snatching in the Centre at Hagerstown's parking lot in January 2001, according to Washington County Circuit Court records.

Sharon Jeanette Hearn, 24, of 516 E. Moler Ave., No. 10, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but three years and four months suspended, court records state.

Hearn pleaded guilty to robbery on Monday, court records state.

Hearn's sister, Sheila Marie Rickard, 30, of Millville, W.Va., was sentenced last year in the case, court records state.

Rickard was sentenced to 10 years with all but 61/2 years suspended for robbery, court records state.

In both Hearn's and Rickard's cases, charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, theft of more than $500 value, conspiracy to commit theft of more than $500 value, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment were dismissed, court records state.

Hearn also must pay $1,245 in restitution to the woman whose purse she and Rickard stole on Jan. 30, 2001, court records state.

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The victim was in the parking lot when a vehicle pulled up and a woman asked her for directions, court records state. As the victim started to give her directions, the woman reached out and grabbed the victim's purse.

The victim fell to the ground as the vehicle pulled away, court records state.

According to court records, Hearn was the driver and Rickard was the one who grabbed the purse.

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