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Man convicted in robbery sentenced to state prison

January 25, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man convicted in a purse-snatching was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to six months to two years in state prison.

"A guy who would snatch a purse from an 81-year-old woman ... to satisfy his drug urge should get an SCI (state correctional institute) sentence," Judge John Walker told 20-year-old Tyler O. Cole, whose attorney asked the judge to consider a county prison sentence.

Cole, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty Dec. 11, 2006, to third-degree felony robbery. He was charged by Chambersburg police with stealing the woman's purse as she walked on Wilson Avenue.

The woman's description of the man, including his Mohawk-style haircut, led police to Tyler, according to the affidavit of probable cause. The purse contained $50 in cash and the woman's hearing aid, police said.

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"When you prey on senior citizens, that's about as low as you can go," Walker said.

Walker noted several previous convictions, including one for corruption of minors for which Cole served a county prison sentence.

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