Man sentenced to 15 years in assault, robbery

January 10, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 21-year-old man accused of assaulting and then robbing a man at his Berkeley County home in December 2009 was sentenced Monday by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III to 15 years in prison.

Jeremy Laquinn Hawkins, who was being held at Eastern Regional Jail Monday night, pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree robbery as part of a plea agreement, according to court records and Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Timothy D. Helman.

Felony charges of burglary, assault during the commission of a felony and conspiracy were dismissed as part of the agreement, Helman said.

Hawkins is expected to pay $2,260 in restitution, Helman said.

The victim told police that on Dec. 15, 2009, he was tied up with a black cord and his eyes were taped over in a nighttime burglary at his home just south of Martinsburg, according to court records.

The robbery victim’s forehead was bleeding and the right side of his face was swollen when three West Virginia State Police troopers responded to his Shady Lane home to investigate, according to court records.

The value of a 27-inch flat-screen television, keyboard, drum machine and other equipment reported stolen from the victim’s home was $3,960, according to the indictment and court records.
The victim told police he was punched in the right side of his face three times by the attacker, whose face was covered with a mask and his head was covered with a ski hat, according to court records.

The state’s case against co-defendant, Darren A. Newman, is still pending, Helman said. He faces charges in the incident.

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