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Man gets 10 years for armed robbery

February 24, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 75-year-old man was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to serve 10 years in prison for the December 2004 armed robbery of a Family Dollar Store in Hagerstown.

Wayne Evert Drake, who has been held at the Washington County Detention Center for 408 days, was ordered Thursday by Circuit Judge John H. McDowell to serve 10 years to be served concurrently with a 10-year-and-one-month sentence ordered in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore for the Jan. 7, 2005, armed robbery of Hagerstown Trust on the corner of Franklin Street and West Side Avenue.

His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden, said Drake is scheduled to begin serving his federal sentence March 1.

Drake pleaded guilty to the Dec. 11, 2004, armed robbery of the Family Dollar Store at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue on July 26, but sentencing for the crime was postponed until his federal charges were resolved, according to court documents.

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On Thursday, Drake apologized to McDowell and to his victims.

According to charging documents, Drake walked into the store at about 7:30 p.m. and told a female clerk, "I'm sorry, I hate to do this to you, but I want all of your money." He then slammed "a gold colored antique looking handgun down on the counter," documents state.

Drake told McDowell Thursday, "The funny part of it is, I never used a gun until that time. I never gone huntin' or nothin'."

Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said Drake was convicted of larceny in 1953, breaking and entering in 1954, forgery in 1957 and second-degree sex offense in 1987 before he committed the two robberies within a month span.

McDowell called Drake's record "atrocious."

He said that he wanted to make sure that when he's released from prison he'll be "old enough" that he "won't be a danger anymore."

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