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Man charged in series of robberies misses sentencing

June 21, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A former Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., man scheduled to be sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison for two armed robberies was not in Franklin County Court on Wednesday, having been sent by authorities in York County, Pa., to Virginia, where he faces similar charges.

Daniel Scott Uppercue, 33, had entered a guilty plea May 14 to charges in two armed robberies, according to court records. As part of the plea agreement, he was to serve the sentence concurrent with one imposed earlier in Adams County, Assistant Public Defender Ian Brink said.

"After he pled here, he went to York County" on another criminal case, District Attorney John F. Nelson said. "Somehow, when York was done with him, they sent him to Virginia, which was next in line."

Nelson and Brink both said they did not know exactly why Uppercue ended up in Virginia, one of four states where he was charged with committing robberies. In addition to Pennsylvania and Virginia, he was charged in holdups in Maryland and West Virginia, according to court documents.

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"We're in the process of taking the necessary steps to get him back here for sentencing," Nelson said.

In Franklin County, Uppercue was to be sentenced for a holdup at the 7-Eleven at 11374 Buchanan Trail East, in Rouzerville, Pa. On Feb. 11, 2005, he asked the cashier for change and then pulled a knife, jabbing her in the arm before fleeing with the cash, according to Washington Township Police.

On Feb. 21, 2005, he entered the Best Western, 239 W. Main St., in Waynesboro, Pa., and again asked for change before pulling what appeared to be a handgun and demanding money, police said.

A knife was found near the Rouzerville holdup and township police said it matched a set at Uppercue's home that was missing two knives.

A relative told police following his arrest that Uppercue had been "on a crack binge," according to court records, and would often leave home at night.

Nelson said Uppercue had no criminal record prior to the armed robbery spree.

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