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Robber sentenced to 16 years

January 21, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man who pleaded guilty to two armed robberies was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to seven to 16 years in state prison.

Samuel Thomas Smith, 20, of 284 Philadelphia Ave., pleaded guilty to the convenience store holdups on Jan. 5, according to court records. Judge Douglas W. Herman ordered Smith to pay $797 in restitution and gave him credit for 14 months he has served.

On June 4, 2007, a man entered the Route 11 Pit Stop, 2324 Philadelphia Ave., and pulled out a handgun, Pennsylvania State Police said. The man ordered a customer to the floor and stole cash and two cartons of Newport cigarettes before fleeing.

Five days later, a man wearing a black T-shirt pulled over his head and a black bandanna across his face held up Rutter's, 3040 Lincoln Way East. The gunman was leaving the store when he turned around and took two cartons of Newport cigarettes, police said.

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When questioned by police, Smith said the gun was a BB pistol and that he had two accomplices in one of the robberies, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Police said Smith would not identify the other accomplice.

Herman gave Smith two seven-to-16-year sentences to run concurrently.

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