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Hagerstown woman pleads guilty to felony robbery

Judge W. Kennedy Boone III told Fantasia Shantal Rivera she will likely get time served

May 15, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Fantaisa Shantal Rivera
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Before her case went to a jury Tuesday, a Hagerstown woman pleaded guilty to felony robbery in Washington County Circuit Court and will likely receive a sentence of time served next week.

Fantasia Shantal Rivera, 18, had been charged with robbing a woman on Dec. 9, 2011, near the intersection of Winter and George streets in Hagerstown. She entered the plea before the trial resumed after lunch.

Criminal conspiracy, theft and assault charges were dismissed as part of the plea, according to court records.

Judge W. Kennedy Boone III delayed sentencing until May 23. However, Boone told Rivera he would probably sentence her to eight years in state prison with all of it suspended except the time she has already served since her Dec. 13 arrest.

Rivera, whose first name is spelled Fantaisa in some court records, had been in jail 136 days as of Tuesday. Boone told her she had to remain there until sentencing.

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The victim, a 20-year-old Hagerstown woman, testified she was walking home when two women assaulted her, stealing her wallet and a pack of cigarettes. She testified she knew one woman, Darnisha Green, but not the other, although she told police the woman had a tattoo on her face.

Hagerstown police Detective Tammy Jurado testified that the victim identified Rivera from a photographic array. Slayman picked Rivera from photos of a half-dozen women, even though the tattoo had been digitally removed from Rivera’s picture, she testified.

Green, 19, ofWashington, D.C., is awaiting trial on the robbery charges, court records said.

In 2010, Rivera, then 17, was charged as an adult with obstructing and hindering police and other offenses in an incident in which a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in an apartment on Little Elliott Drive. She was charged with hiding the stolen handgun in a playground after the shooting.

Her case was later transferred to juvenile court, where she was found delinquent and placed in a group home.

On Oct. 17, 2011, Rivera was present at another shooting. She was standing with Colin Wesley Williams, 19, of Hagerstown, when he was shot in the abdomen on a downtown street.

Dennis S. Marshall Jr., 18, of Hagerstown, who was charged with second-degree attempted murder in the shooting, is awaiting trial.

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