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Franklin Co. court briefs

January 16, 2008

Shippensburg teen sentenced in vandalism spree

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg, Pa., teenager convicted in a vandalism spree that occurred last summer was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to six to 23 months in the county jail.

Brandon Fassnacht, 19, of 122 Marco Circle, pleaded guilty in December to institutional vandalism, theft from a motor vehicle and criminal mischief, according to court records. A co-defendant, Bryan James Baxter of Richford, Vt., was sentenced in November to three to 23 months in jail.

Along with the jail time, Judge John R. Walker sentenced Fassnacht to another four years on probation and ordered him to pay more than $8,500 in restitution to a long list of victims.

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The Shippensburg Police Department charged Fassnacht with 48 criminal offenses for the incidents that took place in July. During that time, a gazebo was set on fire, vehicles were vandalized and had items stolen from inside. Flower arrangements in the Spring Hill Cemetery were knocked over and flags and figurines were damaged, police said.

Fassnacht, Baxter and a juvenile were taken into custody on July 18 after police received a report of three people breaking into vehicles, police said.




Philadelphia teen sentenced to prison for assault

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Philadelphia teenager convicted of assaulting staff at a detention facility for youthful offenders was sentenced to state prison Wednesday in Franklin County Court.

Shamarr Pitts, 19, was sentenced by Judge Douglas W. Herman to eight months to five years in prison for aggravated assault. Pitts pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 14, court records stated.

On Aug. 11, 2007, Pitts and two other residents of the South Mountain (Pa.) Secure Treatment Center became involved in an altercation with staff. Pennsylvania State Police said the other two residents fought with a staff member who tried to return one of them to his cell.

Pitts joined in the melee, police said, pushing one staff member and kicking another several times.




Bank robber sentenced to state prison

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fulton County man convicted of robbing the F&M Trust branch in Mont Alto, Pa., in 2006 was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to 15 months to five years in state prison.

Pedro Rogelio Barrientos, 22, of 637 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg, Pa., pleaded guilty on Dec. 14 to the robbery charge, according to court records. Judge Douglas W. Herman ordered that the sentence be served at the expiration of a prison sentence imposed in Fulton County.

Barrientos was one of a group of people charged with a series of armed robberies that occurred between December 2006 and January 2007 in Franklin and Fulton counties. Pennsylvania State Police captured the group following a holdup at an F&M branch in Fulton County on Jan. 2.

On Dec. 28, 2006, police said a man wearing a ski mask and armed with a rifle entered the F&M Trust in Mont Alto while another masked man tried to force open drawers and emptied the till. They fled in a waiting vehicle, police said.

Herman ordered Barrientos to pay more than $2,200 in restitution in the case to the bank, its insurer and an individual.

The sentencing order stated Barrientos is to have no contact with seven co-defendants, of whom some have already entered guilty pleas and been sentenced.

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