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A former Kent man was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to robbing a Ravenna check-cashing store at gunpoint in June 2007.
Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman ordered Noah T. Williams Jr., 24, to serve an additional eight years behind bars, plus another three years consecutive to that for using a handgun during the commission of a felony.
That sentence, she said, will run consecutive to a 10-year prison term Williams already is serving after being convicted of aggravated robbery in Stark County and robbery in Mahoning County for similar crimes at check-cashing stores in 2008.
Williams, with his head down, declined to make any statements in court. Pittman did have words for him, however.
"I have no sympathy for you. You scared these two women to death," she said. "This crime is unconscionable."
Pittman ordered Williams to pay $1,576 in restitution for the robbery within 15 years.
"Show me that you want to change your life," she told Williams. "Show me."
In all, authorities blamed Williams for five similar robberies in Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Summit counties between June 2007 and October 2008, according to Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci.
Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery with a firearms specification, a first-degree felony, in July. He faced six to 14 years in prison. Ravenna police responded to an incident at American Payroll Advance, 1060 W. Main St., on June 22, 2007. Two employees reported that a short, stocky black male dressed in black, wearing sunglasses and carrying a silver handgun robbed them before ordering them into a bathroom and fleeing.
A handprint left by Williams on the glass countertop at the business was used by Ravenna police to tie him to the crime six years later after he had already been sent to prison on robbery charges, Vigluicci said.
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