MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A bubble gum container stolen in a home invasion-style armed robbery in Martinsburg in April 2007 helped police solve a similar armed robbery that happened three days after the first crime.
Victor B. Potter Jr., 19, and Gary D. Guest, 22, both of Martinsburg, were sentenced Friday to 10-year and 15-year prison sentences, respectively, in Berkeley County Circuit Court after entering guilty pleas to felony counts of first-degree robbery.
A third defendant, Lante J. Cook, 19, also of Martinsburg, was prepared to entered an Alford plea to conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, but a final decision in his case was delayed to determine whether he qualified for a youthful offender program at the Anthony Correctional Center. In lieu of that option, he could receive a one- to five-year sentence or elect to take his case to trial.
A hearing was scheduled for Oct. 17.
Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but admits the prosecution has sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.