Two sentenced in connection with robberies

September 17, 2012|By DON AINES |

The last of four Hagerstown men charged in a drug-related robbery in February entered guilty pleas and were sentenced to state prison Monday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Guido Roche Jr., 24, of 1025 Georgia Ave., pleaded guilty to armed robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced by Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. to 12 years in prison with seven  years suspended. Roche also pleaded guilty to a separate possession of marijuana charge.

Robert Eugene Hackett, 20, of 219 N. Mulberry St., pleaded guilty to robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but three years suspended.

Two other men, Anthony Robert Sellers, 28, of Hagerstown, and Anthony Michael Earley, 20, of Hagerstown, recently entered pleas and were sentenced, according to court records. Earley pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and theft, and was sentenced to three years, while Sellers pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and was sentenced to 18 months in jail, court records said.

On Feb. 25, a woman at the Huyetts Crossroads Sheetz store told a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy that she was riding in a minivan with four men who robbed her of $400, according to the statement of probable cause. One of the men, later identified as Roche, grabbed her from behind and put a blade to her neck, the document said.

The woman said she was left on a remote road and a passer-by drove her to Sheetz.

The story evolved somewhat during the investigation and Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Hansen, reading from the statement of facts, said the woman was robbed of $200, and the other $200 was spent on heroin. The woman also was accompanied by her boyfriend, who was grabbed from behind by Hackett, Hansen said.

The man and woman had accompanied the four men in the van to Martinsburg, W.Va., to buy heroin, Hansen said.

At the time of his arrest, Sellers told investigators the woman was accompanied by her boyfriend and about the trip to Martinsburg.

At one point before the robbery, there were text messages between Roche and Hackett, seated behind the man and woman, and Earley and Sellers in the front seats.

“Let’s get them. She’s got a stack of money and a gram of heroin,” Hansen said, reading one of the texts.

“It all seemed like a good idea at the time,” Long told Hackett and Roche in their separate sentencings. “It turned out not to be such a good idea in hindsight.”

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