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Waynesboro man sentenced to prison in botched robbery

November 04, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man who bungled a robbery in February was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to up to 15 years in state prison.

Jerry L. Gill, 52, of 3 E. Main St., Apt. 7, was sentenced by Judge John R. Walker to 15 months to 10 years in state prison for attempting to rob a motorist on Feb. 10 in Waynesboro. Walker sentenced Gill to another 18 months to five years in prison for violating probation on an earlier conviction for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and another year on probation for violating probation on a cocaine possession conviction.

Gill pleaded guilty to second-degree felony robbery on Sept. 7, according to court records.

Waynesboro police said the robbery began on Feb. 10 shortly before 5 a.m. when Gill approached Kenneth Walker, address unavailable, as he was pulling from a parking stall at Sheetz on East Main Street. Gill told Walker he had run out of gas, and asked for a ride to where his vehicle was, police said.

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Walker agreed, and drove Gill to an alley off North Potomac Street, where Gill told Walker he had a gun and would shoot him if he did not turn over his money, police said. Walker got out of his pickup truck, and Gill repeated his threat, police said.

Gill then got out of the truck and shut the passenger's side door, at which time Walker got back into his truck, locked the doors and sped off, leaving Gill behind, police said.

Police reviewed a surveillance video from Sheetz, and officers recognized Gill, who also was picked from a photo lineup by Walker.

Judge Walker gave Gill credit for time served since his arrest the day after the incident.

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