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Man enters plea for conspiring to commit robbery

Connor Patrick Cashman is charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree assault and theft of $1,000 to less than $10,000. Full story: <a href="http://bit.ly/17Iht8u" target="newwin">http://bit.ly/17Iht8u</a>
Connor Patrick Cashman is charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree assault and theft of $1,000 to less than $10,000. Full story: http://bit.ly/17Iht8u(Submitted photo / HANDOUT)

A Westminster man will serve 18 months in prison with additional time suspended for his part in the robbery of an acquaintance.

Connor Patrick Cashman, 19, of the 900 block of Wampler Lane, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

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Judge J. Barry Hughes sentenced Cashman to five years in prison with all but 18 months suspended with credit for 82 days time served.

Cashman and Tyler Matthew McQuay, 18, of the 700 block of Johann Drive in Westminster, were charged in July after the victim reported he had been assaulted and robbed of $1,050 on June 26, according to the statement of facts read into the record by Senior Assistant State's Attorney Ashley Pamer.

Cashman and McQuay picked the victim up from his Westminster home and drove to the Sheetz gas station in Taneytown before walking behind the Taneytown fire company where Cashman put the victim in a choke hold, according to Pamer.

McQuay allegedly struck the victim repeatedly and asked him where he was keeping money he received from selling his car recently, according to Pamer.

The victim told the suspects the money was in his sock and they removed the money and fled the scene, according to Pamer.

McQuay is scheduled to have a plea hearing Jan. 28 in Circuit Court for Carroll County, according to electronic court files.

Defense attorney Thomas Hickman told Hughes this incident was Cashman's first adult offense and he is eager to get on with his life and be a productive member of the community.

Hughes said his sentence was based on the seriousness of the crime as well as Cashman's juvenile record.

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"This is your first adult offense," Hughes said. "It is certainly not your first offense."

Hughes cautioned Cashman that if he is in court again in the future, the next step will be the state Division of Corrections rather than the local detention center.

Cashman will be on three years of supervised probation upon his release from the detention center and was also ordered to pay restitution to the victim for the amount stolen.

Reach staff writer Heather Cobun at 410-857-7898 or email heather.cobun@carrollcountytimes.com.

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