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Pa. man sentenced in January robbery

August 16, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man involved in the shotgun holdup of a Washington Township video store earlier this year was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to two to six years in state prison.

John Eric Sicca, 27, of Calimer Drive, pleaded guilty June 27 to criminal conspiracy to commit robbery in the Jan. 23 robbery of Hollywood Video at 12785 Washington Township Blvd.

Township police said a man entered the store at 11:55 p.m. armed with a pump-action shotgun, demanded cash from the clerk and then left in a waiting green sedan. The robbery was caught on surveillance video, police said.

Four days later, police received a tip that the vehicle was linked to Sicca's wife, Rachel, who at one time worked at Hollywood Video. On Feb. 1, police learned that Rachel Sicca would be returning to the area and police stopped her while she was driving a different vehicle on Old Forge Road at 4:15 a.m., according to the affidavit of probable cause.

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In the vehicle with Sicca was Jabari Kofi Penn, 28, of no fixed address, who was wearing clothing matching that of the robber and had a 12-gauge shotgun shell in his pocket, police said. Also in the vehicle was a syringe and suspected heroin, police said.

The affidavit stated that Sicca had picked up Penn near Baltimore prior to the robbery. John Sicca, his wife and Penn agreed to split the money from the holdup, police said.

John Sicca was given credit for time served since he was taken into custody Feb. 3, according to the sentencing order from Judge Carol Van Horn. He was fined $300 and ordered to pay $884.91 in restitution, the sentencing sheet stated.

The cases of Rachel Sicca, 25, and Penn are listed for the September trial term, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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