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Chambersburg man sentenced in first-degree felony robbery

May 15, 2008

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man who pleaded no contest in April to stabbing and robbing a man last fall was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to 6 1/2 to 13 years in state prison.

Ottoniel M. Velazquez, 40, of 587 Hollywell Ave., had pleaded no contest to first-degree felony robbery, according to court records. In exchange, theft and aggravated assault charges were dismissed.

On Oct. 21 shortly before 7 a.m., police in Chambersburg were responding to a report of a fight in the 200 block of Mount Moriah Street. As a patrolman drove to the scene, he was flagged down by Marcos Gonzales, who had stab wounds to his arm and back, police said.

Gonzales said he came out of his house with a load of laundry when a man driving a van approached and tried to sell him a laptop computer for $300, police said. Gonzales told the man he did not have any money, but the man kept asking, lowering the price to $250 and then $100 before asking if he could borrow $20.

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When Gonzales refused, the man threatened to shoot him and then stabbed him in the arm, according to records. Gonzales ran behind a church and the man pursued him, stabbing him in the back and beating him, records allege.

Gonzales fought back, punching the man to the ground, police said. The man wrested Gonzales' wallet from him and fled, police said.

Later that morning, police received a call about a stolen laptop computer, with the victim implicating Velazquez, according to the affidavit of probable cause. When police went to Velazquez's house, he had a bruised face and the computer was found in his van, police said.

"I'm really sorry for what I did," Velasquez told Judge Douglas W. Herman, blaming his actions on drug and alcohol abuse.

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