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Hagerstown man charged with robbing bar and convenience store sentenced to three years

July 22, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Parsram Kevin Sukhram
Photo submitted by Hagerstown Police Department

A Hagerstown man charged with robbing a bar and a convenience store in January was sentenced to three years in state prison Monday after pleading guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to one count of robbery.

Parsram Kevin Sukhram, 18, of no fixed address pleaded guilty to robbery in the Jan. 29 holdup of the Side Pockets bar at 807 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

Under a plea agreement, other charges in that incident were dismissed, as well as charges in the Jan. 9 robbery of the AC&T at 724 Frederick St., Hagerstown.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley gave Sukhram a 10-year sentence, suspending seven years, and giving him credit for the 171 days he has spent in jail since his arrest.

The sentence was one year less than Washington County Assistant State’s Attorney Leon Debes said the prosecution recommended.

In the Side pockets robbery, a police officer saw two suspicious-looking men enter the business and, as he turned his vehicle around to investigate, saw them running, police said at the time.

Reading from the statement of facts, Debes said the bartender was the only person in Side Pockets when a man entered, asked for a light and then left. The man, later identified as Sukhram, returned a short time later with another man, Debes said.

No weapon was seen by the bartender, but the men demanded cash and left, Debes said.

Oscar Lopez, 18, of Hagerstown was later arrested and charged as a co-defendant in the Side Pockets and AC&T robberies, as well as another robbery at the same AC&T on Jan. 18, court records said.

Lopez was in court earlier this month to enter a plea in those cases, but the proceedings were rescheduled for Oct. 1 after he said he wanted to consult with an immigration attorney.

“There may be some immigration issues” in Sukhram’s case, his attorney, David Schiller, told Beachley.

Schiller said that Sukhram, who had no prior criminal record, had been living with his family until he left home in late December or early January after an argument.

“Over the past few years, I’ve chosen my friends over my family,” Sukhram told Beachley.

“How many of those friends are here today? .... Zero,” Beachley said.

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