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Man accused of robbing two Martinsburg 7-Eleven stores sentenced to 20 years

August 10, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man accused of robbing two 7-Eleven convenience stores on his birthday last year was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder, according to Berkeley County Circuit Court records.

Tirrell Andre Morton, 37, entered an Alford plea in June to one count of first-degree robbery and one count of second-degree robbery as part of a plea agreement, according to court records.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the state has sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.

The terms of the plea agreement, which was accepted by Yoder, allow Morton to serve a 20-year sentence for the first-degree robbery conviction at the same time as a five- to 18-year sentence for the second-degree robbery conviction, according to court records.

Morton was indicted on the felony charges by a grand jury in May 2011, according to court records.

Police said on Feb. 20, 2011, Morton jumped the counter of the 7-Eleven at 1754 Williamsport Pike north of Martinsburg, punched the male clerk and grabbed money from the register before leaving the store, according to court records.

At the 7-Eleven in Martinsburg at 1015 N. Queen St., police said Morton also jumped the counter there and took money from the register.

Both robberies happened after Morton purchased a pack of cigarettes, police said.

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