Man gets 5 to 18 years on two counts of second-degree robbery

December 10, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 27-year-old man accused of robbing two businesses in January was ordered to serve a five- to 18-year prison sentence at his plea and sentencing hearing Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

Michael Scott Stilwell, who pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of grand larceny, was ordered to pay $2,387 in medical bills for one robbery victim and a total of $950 taken from the businesses.

Stilwell was sentenced by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III to serve a one- to 10-year sentence for the grand larceny conviction and a five- to 18-year sentence for the robbery convictions concurrently or at the same time.

Armed with what appeared to be a black handgun, police had said the robber took $750 from the H-Mart convenience store at 1501 New York Ave. in the south end of Martinsburg and $200 from the Dollar Stretcher at 9600 Winchester Ave., in Bunker Hill, W.Va., according to court documents.

Police said the H-Mart robber was wearing sunglasses, a black hooded sweatshirt and white sneakers when he entered the business, displayed what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money from the clerk, who gave the robber the cash, according to court records.

A cashier at Dollar Stretcher told police the robber there approached the counter holding what appeared to be a black gun and ordered her to give him money out of the cash drawer.

The clerk gave the robber the money and then asked if he would like a bag, according to court records.

The robber said “no” and then he fled on foot north on the Winchester & Western railroad tracks, staying parallel to U.S. 11 before arriving at a motel in the Martinsburg area, according to court documents.

Police had said that Stilwell confessed to the robberies after police found him and added that the defendant indicated that he used a black pellet gun when he robbed Dollar Stretcher, according to court documents.

— Matthew Umstead

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