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Hagerstown man sentenced to five years in Family Dollar robbery

July 29, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man who turned himself in to city police four days after a March holdup of the Family Dollar store on Pennsylvania Avenue caught a one-year break when he pleaded guilty to robbery last week in Washington County Circuit Court.

Assistant State’s Attorney Gina Cirincion said the prosecution was recommending a six-year sentence for Alfred Conrad Teabout Jr. for the March 9 robbery.

On July 23 Circuit Court Judge Dana Moylan Wright gave Teabout five years in prison, but said she would consider modifying that sentence after he has completed half of his prison time.

“This sentence does take into account you turning yourself in,” Wright told him.

On March 13, Teabout went to the police department and told officers he had committed a robbery and was turning himself in, Cirincion said as she read from the statement of facts. The police asked what robbery, and Teabout told them he robbed Family Dollar on March 9, she said.

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Teabout, 47, of 428 Jonathan St. told police he went to the store at about 8:40 p.m. and used a hooded sweatshirt to obscure his face, Cirincion said. He went to the cashier and told her to hand over the cash, she said.

Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden told Wright that Teabout had a knife with him that night, “but he never wielded it.” He asked Wright to consider a sentence of four to five years.

Teabout had been working until about two months before the robbery when an injury forced him to quit his job as a cook, and was facing financial problems when the crime was committed, Creeden said.

“Unless he turned himself in, I don’t know if (the case) would have ever been solved,” Creeden told Wright.

“I’m really sorry about what I did,” Teabout told Wright. “I’m not a violent person. My back was against the wall. I wasn’t in my right state of mind.”

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