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Woman pleads guilty to robbery, sentenced to three years

October 09, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A 19-year-old woman charged in a strong-arm robbery last year pleaded guilty to robbery Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court and was sentenced to three years in state prison.

Darnisha Monique Green, formerly of Washington, D.C., was sentenced the day before her 20th birthday, according to court records. In exchange for her plea, related criminal conspiracy, assault and theft charges were dismissed.

Green and another woman, Fantaisa Rivera, were charged in a Dec. 9, 2011, robbery of a woman at the intersection of Winter and George Streets, according to the charging document filed by Hagerstown police. The victim told police she was walking home from work when two women approached her and Green, whom she knew, asked for money, the document said.

The victim said the two women tried to take her purse and, in the struggle over it, a wallet and cigarettes fell out, the charging document said. Green and Rivera then took the wallet and cigarettes, the charging document said.

“It’s not a very exciting robbery, although it’s certainly a robbery,” defense attorney Carl Somerlock told Judge John H. McDowell. Somerlock said there had been “bad blood” between the women, but that the victim was not hurt in what was “basically a purse-snatching.”

Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher McCormack told McDowell that Green had a juvenile record and a conviction as an adult for resisting arrest.

“Your record was climbing to the extent that the inevitable has occurred,” McDowell told Green. He sentenced her to eight years in prison with five years suspended.

Green was given 17 months to serve concurrently with the robbery sentence for violating probation on the resisting arrest conviction.

The victim had testified in Rivera’s trial earlier this year. Midway through that trial, Rivera pleaded guilty to robbery and was given an eight-year sentence with all suspended except four months and 22 days time served.

Rivera, 19, of Hagerstown, was later arrested on trespassing and underage drinking charges, district court records said. She is in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting a violation of probation hearing on the robbery conviction, according to court records.

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