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Accomplice sentenced in Conemaugh Township Family Dollar robbery

February 28, 2018 GMT

A 26-year-old Johnstown man was sentenced Tuesday to nine to 18 months in Somerset County Jail followed by 18 months of supervised probation for aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, for his part in the robbery of a Family Dollar store in the Benscreek Shopping Plaza in Conemaugh Township on Sept. 29, 2016.

Tony Angelo Stevens told President Judge D. Gregory Geary that he was a veteran and spent time in Afghanistan where he hurt his back.

As a result, he began to abuse drugs, he said.

“I was 140 pounds and now I’m at 220,” he said.

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He explained how he has gone through treatment since his arrest.

“I messed up,” he said.

Stevens and Skylar Heaster, 27, of Johnstown, worked together to obtain money for drugs from the store, according to court documents.

Heaster entered the store with a 12-inch knife, demanded money and ran off into a wooded area with $348.

He met up with Stevens, who was in a vehicle near Camoset Village, and the pair drove away.

Both men were charged with the crime.

Heaster was sentenced in March to 4 1/2 to nine years in state prison for robbery, a first-degree felony.

Stevens was ordered to pay court costs, a supervisory fee, a $100 fine and $174.47 in restitution to Family Dollar.

He was credited with 112 days of time served. He pleaded guilty Dec. 12.

Geary told Stevens that the sentence falls on the lowest end of the sentencing guidelines because Stevens took responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty.

Stevens was an accomplice, however, in “an act that endangered lives and put them in fear of their safety,” the judge said.

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