A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty to armed robbery Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 20 years in state prison.
Corey Anthony Dunbar, 42, formerly of 1653 Langley Drive, also pleaded guilty to use of a handgun in a crime of violence. Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. gave Dunbar 20 years on each count, suspending five years of the sentence for armed robbery and 15 years of the 20-year handgun sentence.
Several other assault, theft and handgun charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
The holdup occurred shortly before 7 a.m. on Feb. 22, 2012, when Officer Jesse Duffey noticed Dunbar leaving Wayne’s Country Store at 1020 W. Washington St., charging documents said.
“The male ... looked directly at my cruiser as I proceeded to drive past the convenience store,” Duffey wrote in the statement of probable cause.
Dunbar was leaving the store after going up to the cashier, placing a gun on the counter and demanding cash, Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher McCormack told Long.
After a short time patrolling the area, officers saw Dunbar running from a walkway near the Washington County Commuter lot, McCormack said.
Dunbar was arrested as he tried to get into a taxi, McCormack said. Police found 51 one-dollar bills held together with a paper clip on Dunbar and a search of the area turned up a .380-caliber handgun, McCormack said.
Although Dunbar had a number of criminal convictions in Maryland and Virginia over a 16-year period, most of them were nonviolent, such as a 2006 escape charge for returning to a prerelease program two hours late, Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden told Long.
Creeden said Dunbar has job skills and asked Long to consider a lesser sentence of about 12 years.
“I’m an addict,” Dunbar said when asked if he wanted to address the court.
Editor's note: The ninth paragraph of this story was edited Oct. 19, 2012 to reflect that Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden was referring to Corey Dunbar's past criminal convictions.