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Superior court upholds robbery sentence

July 03. 2014 4:09PM

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Thursday upheld the three-to-six year state prison sentence for a Scranton man, who pleaded guilty to robbing numerous stores in three counties in 2012.

Gerald Fuller, 41, formerly of Bengar Drive, was arrested in June 2012 in Archbald, Lackawanna County, after robbing at least six stores in Lackawanna County, five stores in Luzerne County and a store in Susquehanna County from February to June of that year.

According to Luzerne County Court records, stores Fuller robbed in Luzerne County were:

• Pen-Mart on Wyoming Avenue, West Pittston, on March 1.

• Uni-Mart on Wyoming Avenue, Exeter, on May 4.

• Dunkin Donuts on state Route 315 on May 15;

• Uni-Mart on Main Street, Duryea, on June 1.

• Subway Restaurant on South River Street, Plains Township, on June 8.

All the robberies occurred in 2012, and all were prosecuted in Lackawanna County Court.

Fuller told the clerks he had a weapon but never displayed a weapon. He told reporters the day he was arraigned in West Pittston on June 20, 2012, that he fell on hard times after losing his job that paid six-figures.

Fuller pleaded guilty to 12 counts of robbery and on June 17, 2013, he was sentenced to 12 consecutive terms of 6 months to one year on each of the counts, which totals three-to-six years in state prison.

Fuller appealed his sentence claiming he believed the sentence would be imposed concurrently, meaning at the same time.

The Superior Court denied Fuller’s appeal, upholding the lengthy prison sentence.

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