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Man sentenced in home invasion robbery in Pa.

November 08, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man who pleaded guilty to terroristic threats in an attempted home invasion robbery was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to one to five years in state prison.

Jose Manueal Lopez II, 20, of 218 Hartzell Drive, also was sentenced by Judge Richard J. Walsh on possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia convictions to three months to a year that will run concurrently with the terroristic threats sentence.

Lopez originally was charged by Pennsylvania State Police with robbery, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person for the Oct. 19, 2006, incident at a Lurgan Township home. Police said four masked men forcibly entered the house.

One of the men fired a shot when they entered and a pistol was put to the head of the couple's daughter, police said. The family was told she would be shot if they did not cooperate, police said.

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The group of men were attempting to steal guns and prescription drugs when one of the family members recognized Lopez, whom police said once lived with the family. When Lopez was identified, the four masked men fled the house, police said.

Lopez was taken into custody three weeks later, telling police that his accomplices were "Aaron," "Tyler or Taylor" and a black male and that he had driven them to and from the home.

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