A 20-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to 10 years in prison this week for acting as the gunman in an armed robbery of a convenience store at a Columbia Exxon station store earlier this year.
Stanley Colby Berry, of the 5300 block of Woodland Road, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery and a gun charge in Howard County Circuit Court July 17. He was sentenced after his guilty plea.
Berry's accomplice in the crime, Michael Elliott Dickey Jr., faces armed robbery, assault and gun charges in the crime. His trial is set for July 30.
According to State's Attorney spokesman Waye Kirwan, the prosecution said Berry and Dickey entered the Exxon, located at 8251 Snowden River Pkwy., at 3:10 a.m. on Jan. 5 with hoods pulled close around their faces.
After the two brought items to the checkout counter, Dickey threw a cup of hot coffee into the face of the store clerk when the cash register opened, the prosecution said.
Berry, brandishing a silver handgun, ordered the clerk to open the second drawer and Dickey took approximately $150, Kirwan said.
According to the prosecution, a Howard County Police crime scene technician lifted a fingerprint from the coffee cup that led to the identification of Dickey as the man who tossed the coffee.
Through Dickey, police identified Berry as a suspect. Berry confessed to using a gun to rob the store during a interview with police, Kirwan said.
At the conclusion of the plea hearing, Judge William V. Tucker sentenced Berry to 10 years in prison, suspending all but five years on the armed robbery charge, and a consecutive sentence of five years, without parole on the gun charge.
Berry was ordered to serve three years probation upon his release.