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Man could face 10 years in prison for attempted robbery at W.Va. convenience store

July 15, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 35-year-old man who covered his face with a pair of blue women's underwear and used a small caliber pistol-shaped cigarette lighter in an attempt to rob an Inwood, W.Va., convenience store could face 10 years in prison.

Steven Clay Stephenson of Ranson, W.Va., was scheduled Monday to return to Berkeley County Circuit Court on Sept. 15, when 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III is expected to decide whether to accept no contest pleas to driving under the influence and first-degree attempted robbery.

Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Jean Games-Neely and defense attorney S. Andrew Arnold told Silver that they reached a plea deal that would allow Stephenson to serve the jail sentences at the same time or concurrently.

Counts of petit larceny, improper vehicle registration and conspiracy would be dismissed as part of the plea agreement, Games-Neely said.

In May 2007, a cashier at ROCS convenience store told police that a man wearing a black shirt and blue jeans with his face concealed with the underwear entered the business, according to court records.

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The cashier told police the man walked half way around the counter demanding money, but she refused and wasn't sure if the gun was real or a cigarette lighter that was sold at the store at one time.

In Stephenson's pants pocket, police later found a cigarette lighter designed to look like a pistol, police had said.

The underwear was found between the Sheetz convenience store and a car lot by a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputy, according to court records.

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