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Hagerstown man sentenced for trying to rob Sheetz store

Michael Patrick Holland pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in exchange for dismissal of other charges

January 03, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man accused of trying to rob the Potomac Avenue Sheetz store in September was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to two years in state prison.

Michael Patrick Holland, 39, of 325 N. Locust St., pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in exchange for the dismissal of charges of robbery and theft of less than $100, according to court records.

Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Holland to 7 1/2 years in prison, with all but two years suspended, court records said.

Holland went into the store, at 700 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown, at about 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 16 and asked a cashier for change, according to the application for statement of charges filed by Hagerstown police. Holding his hand under his jacket, the man then told her to put money in a bag, the charging documents said.

The cashier pushed a button on an alarm she wore around her neck, and the man left the store. The cashier told police she believed the man might have had a gun under his jacket, the documents said.

Police reviewed a store surveillance video and sent out a description of the man. An officer found a man who fit the description, later identified as Holland, in the 300 block of North Mulberry Street, the documents said.

Two Sheetz employees were taken to Mulberry Street, where they identified Holland as the man who tried to rob the store, the documents said.

Holland will spend three years on probation following his release from prison, court records said.

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