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Hagerstown man pleads guilty to 7-Eleven robbery

March 14, 2011

A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to robbing a convenience store and was sentenced to four years in state prison.

Matthew Eugene Chestnut, 28, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, who then suspended six years. Chestnut pleaded guilty to robbery, with a charge of theft under $100 being dismissed, court records show.

Chestnut will be on probation for three years after his release, court documents show.

Shortly after 5 a.m. Nov. 26, 2010, a man wearing a Halloween mask and a hooded sweat shirt entered the 7-Eleven at 802 Salem Ave. and demanded cash, according to the statement of probable cause filed by Hagerstown Police. A store clerk told police the man kept one hand in a pocket of the sweat shirt and pointed as if he were holding a weapon, charging documents show.

The clerk told officers the man left the store with $92 in a 7-Eleven plastic bag, documents show. While police were getting information from the store employee and waiting to review store video surveillance, another officer radioed that he had detained a man fitting the robber’s description on West Franklin Street, documents show.

Chestnut, of 610 Hayes Ave., was found to be carrying a 7-Eleven shopping bag with $92 inside, along with a pocketknife, documents show.

Chestnut was credited with 108 days for time served since his arrest, court records show.

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