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Judge gives W. Pa. teen sentencing break

October 30, 2013
Associated Press

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania judge says he gave a 16-year-old boy a break on sentencing because of his remorse, lack of prior record, and family support.

County Judge Shad Connelly on Tuesday sentenced Deontai Sparks to Sparks to 11 to 22 months in county prison, six years of probation and 500 hours of community service for his guilty plea to a first-degree armed robbery charge, the Erie Times-News ( ) reports.

Prosecutors say Sparks was wearing a mask and carrying a BB gun when he entered an Erie pizza parlor last November with two other robbers, aged 14 and 16. They were prosecuted as juveniles.

Sparks was prosecuted as an adult, and he told Connelly that he knows what he did was wrong.



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