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Men who robbed four liquor stores over two weeks in November 2016 are sentenced

The gunman and the getaway driver in a series of robberies of Harford County liquor stores last fall have been sentenced to prison, according to the county State’s Attorney’s office.

Cornell Peyton Moore, 53, of Gwynn Oak, was sentenced Tuesday by Harford County Circuit Court Judge Paul Ishak to 18 years in prison for being the getaway driver in the robberies in Harford County, according to a news release from the State’s Attorney’s Office.

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Ian Earle Phillip, 45, of Baltimore had previously been sentenced to 36 years in prison for being the gunman, according to the release.

The robberies began on Oct. 16, 2016 at the Aberdeen Liquor Store, where a person later identified as Phillip entered the store and displayed a revolver and took $1,500 and Newport cigarettes.

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Investigators from the Aberdeen Police Department began working with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Havre de Grace Police Department, Baltimore County Police Department and the Maryland State Police in identifying the suspects in a string of armed robberies over two weeks in November 2016 at four liquor stores in Baltimore and Harford counties.

Moore pleaded guilty on Sept. 12 to two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and was sentenced Tuesday.

In asking for 20 years to serve, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney David Ryden said that Moore is a six-time convicted drug dealer and had more than 14 convictions over the last 25 years with one thing in common – they were all cases from Baltimore City.

“He stands before a Harford County court as a Baltimore City problem,” Ryden told Ishak, and that it was “time to send a message to keep your crime out of Harford County.”

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Moore and Phillip will be on supervised probation for five years upon release and ordered to make restitution to the liquor stores.

Moore faces an additional 20 years and Phillip faces an additional 24 years should either violate their probation, prosecutors said.

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