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Man gets five years after pleading guilty in drug store robbery case

April 08, 2013

HAGERSTOWN — One of two men charged in a December robbery of a Hagerstown drug store pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court on Monday to robbery and was sentenced to five years in state prison.

Daniel Russell Knopp, 27, formerly of 1124 Kuhn Ave., Hagerstown, entered the plea in exchange for armed robbery and other charges being dismissed, court records said.

Knopp and Patrick Dennis Weber, 23, of 134 Saunders Drive, Falling Waters, W.Va., were charged by Hagerstown police in the Dec. 9, 2012, holdup at the CVS pharmacy on East Wilson Boulevard.

At the time of the robbery, police said a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and mask entered the store, pointed what appeared to be a handgun at an employee and demanded cash. A witness attempted to stop the man, but he ran toward the intersection of East Wilson Boulevard and Pope Avenue where he got into a car driven by another person.

The car and its occupants were later found by Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies, police said at the time.

The weapon was discovered to be a pellet gun, Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson said on Monday. The amount stolen in the robbery was $129, he said.

Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Knopp to 10 years in prison and suspended half the sentence.

Weber was scheduled for a motions hearing on Monday, but it was canceled last week, court records said. His case is scheduled to be heard May 21, court records said.

Knopp told police that Weber had dropped him off near the store and was unaware of his intentions to rob it, Wilson said after the hearing.

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— Don Aines

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