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Father, son plead guilty in robbery

February 18, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Chambersburg man was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to three years on probation for his role in a strong-arm robbery last summer, a plea agreement he had been offered in exchange for his agreement to testify against an accomplice - his father.

Robert L. Sprow, 23, of 403 Wolf Road in Chambersburg, was sentenced by Judge Douglas Herman to 36 months on probation for his part in robbing Joyce Monn of Chambersburg on Aug. 2, 2008. As it turned out, Sprow never had to testify against Bradley E. Sprow because his father pleaded guilty the week after he did.

Bradley Sprow, 46, of 7859 Stump Run Road in Fayetteville, Pa., pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced Jan. 12 to two to five years in state prison. Robert Sprow entered his plea Jan. 5

The Chambersburg Police Department said witnesses to the robbery identified Robert Sprow as the driver of a red sedan in which Bradley Sprow fled after mugging Monn at Chambersburg's Municipal Pool.

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Bradley Sprow attacked Monn from behind as she was walking to her van, shoving her to the ground and taking her purse, which contained $48, a checkbook and her driver's license, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Robert Sprow, who later was apprehended at Giant Food on Wayne Avenue, admitted to knowing what his father planned to do before the two arrived at the park, police said.

During Robert Sprow's sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Tim Wilmot said the district attorney's office offered Robert Sprow a plea bargain of at least three years probation in exchange for his testimony in the case against his father.

Robert Sprow is serving 24 months on probation on a 2008 conviction for theft from a motor vehicle. He will serve his 36 months on probation at the end of that sentence, according to court records.

Herman told Robert Sprow the court could have sentenced him to as many as 80 months of probation for the robbery in keeping with the Pennsylvania Sentencing Guide.

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