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N.J. man gets 15 years for robbing Dunkin' Donuts, Pizza Hut

February 13, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- A 43-year-old New Jersey man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison after admitted to robbing the Dunkin' Donuts and Pizza Hut restaurants on Dual Highway.

Russell Anthony King took a toy BB gun into both stores in September 2007, pointed it at store employees and demanded money, Assistant State's Attorney John Dunlap said Tuesday during his statement of facts.

King, formerly of 1531 Violet Drive where he was staying with a relative, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of robbery. Other charges, including first-degree assault and armed robbery, were dropped in exchange for the plea.

While searching King's residence, investigators recovered a toy gun that matched the description of the one used in the robberies, Dunlap said. The toy had King's fingerprint on it, Dunlap said.

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King has family in the Tri-State area, and he lived in Hagerstown about a month before the robberies, Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden said.

King's cousin, Miava T. Wiggins, of 1531 Violet Drive told investigators that King had confessed to her that he robbed the Dunkin' Donuts, Dunlap said.

Wiggins had also been charged with armed robbery and other crimes, but those charges were placed on the inactive docket for Wiggins' cooperation with investigators.

Because robbery is considered a violent crime, King will not be eligible for parole until he completes at least half of the 15-year prison sentence. After his release from the Maryland Division of Correction, King faces another 28 months in the New Jersey penal system.

King was on parole from New Jersey at the time of the robberies, Creeden said.

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