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W-B man gets jail over 2 robberies


February 16. 2013 6:04PM
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WILKES-BARRE – A man charged with robbing a cab driver and convenience store and other crimes was sentenced Monday to 15 to 30 months in state prison.


Christopher Marvin Miller, 23, with a last known address of Lehigh Street, Wilkes-Barre, was sentenced by Judge Tina Polachek Gartley on two counts each of robbery, theft, and retail theft, and one count each of simple assault and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Miller pleaded guilty to the charges in July 2011 and July 2012.


Miller's attorney, William Watt, said his client has suffered from mental-health issues and he does well in a structured setting. Watt also noted his client has a drug problem.


"I'm very remorseful about (the crimes committed). I take responsibility for my actions," Miller told Polachek Gartley. "Heroin took over."


Polachek Gartley also ordered Miller to serve three years probation after his prison sentence.


According to court papers, on Nov. 30 police said Miller held a knife to the throat of a Burgit Taxi driver and demanded his money. Police said the driver followed Miller and Miller was apprehended a short time later.


On Aug. 12, 2010, police said Miller entered the Pantry Quik on Carey Avenue in Wilkes-Barre and asked the clerk for a pen and paper. He then placed on the counter that read, "Give me the money or I will shoot."


The clerk said Miller tried to take money from the register but was unsuccessful and fled.


Other incidents police said Miller was involved in between June 24, 2010 and Oct. 6, 2011 included attempted thefts at Walmart and Wegmans in Wilkes-Barre Township and theft of a television from an Ashley home.


Polachek Gartley said Miller must pay over $570 in restitution and complete 40 hours of community service. Miller received more than 200 days credit for time already served in prison and will be required to undergo mental health and drug-and-alcohol evaluations.


Miller can have no contact with any victims and was ordered to stay out of any Walmart and Wegmans stores.




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