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Chambersburg man sentenced in armed robbery of store

July 22, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was sentenced this week in Franklin County Court to 15 months to five years in state prison for the 2005 armed robbery of a convenience store, according to court records.

Matthew Allen Crusey, 19, of 15 Edgelea Drive, was sentenced Wednesday by Judge John R. Walker, who also fined him $300 and ordered $500 in restitution for the June 8, 2005, holdup at Uni-Mart at 1891 Philadelphia Ave. He had pleaded guilty to first-degree felony robbery on April 13, according to court records.

"That's a good plea agreement you got for him," Walker told Public Defender Michael Toms prior to sentencing.

"I'm going to ask for a little bit more," Toms said, requesting a county prison sentence for Crusey. Toms said Crusey has had a spotless record since his arrest, has maintained employment, attends church and is supporting a child.

Crusey's parents spoke on his behalf, saying the robbery occurred during a relapse of a drug problem.

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"I wish this transformation had occurred before he robbed somebody," Walker said. "I see two people in front of me - the old Mr. Crusey and the new Mr. Crusey. I'm going to sentence the old one."

"I can't remember the day I gave a county sentence for armed robbery," Walker said. "You still stuck a gun at people and demanded money."

Assistant District Attorney Tim Wilmot said the prosecution did not seek a firearms or deadly weapons enhancement in the case, which would have meant a five-year minimum sentence. The only weapon recovered after the holdup was a plastic pellet gun, he said.

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