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Hagerstown man faces at least 10-year imprisonment in AC&T armed robbery

June 27, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to the December armed robbery of a convenience store faces a sentence of 10 years or more in prison.

Before sentencing James Matthew Yates Jr., 38, of 4 Fourth St., Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. ordered that a presentence investigation be performed.

In exchange for Yates’ plea, the remaining charges against him in the Dec. 15 holdup of the AC&T on Frederick Street were dismissed, as were charges from another robbery, according to court records.

Yates is subject to a mandatory parole-eligible sentence of 10 years because this is his second conviction for a violent crime, Assistant Public Defender Carl F. Creeden said Monday. The state is asking for a 14-year sentence, Creeden said.

Hagerstown police charged Yates with entering the AC&T and demanding cash at knifepoint on the night of Dec. 15, court records show.

Yates also was charged with robbing the driver of an A-1 Sedan on the morning of Dec. 7, 2010, records show. In that incident, the driver told police he was dispatched to the 200 block of Hager Street, where a man approached his vehicle and asked if he had change for a $50 bill, according to the application for statement of charges.

As the driver reached into his jacket pocket for change, the man placed a hand in his pocket as if he had a weapon and demanded the driver’s cash, the application said.

Police were able to track the call for the sedan to the cellphone of Yates’ sister, according to the application. The dispatcher for the sedan company said the caller asking for the ride was a male, the application said.

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