Woman sentenced in restaurant robbery
BY STACI WILSON
An addiction to heroin led a 26-year-old woman to rob a Great Bend Twp. Subway restaurant at gunpoint in September 2012.
Miranda Guerin of Binghamton, N.Y., apologized for her actions in Susquehanna County Court Thursday morning.
“What I did was 100 percent wrong,” she said.
Guerin was jailed in Broome County, N.Y., for eight months on a burglary charge before being released in late May to Susquehanna County for prosecution on the robbery charge.
“I was on the verge of my own self destruction,” she said. “Incarceration saved my life.”
Guerin pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and was sentenced by Susquehanna County President Judge Kenneth Seamans to serve 28 to 56 months in state prison.
In the robbery, Guerin pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk complied and Guerin, along with co-defendant Ben Johnson of Newark Valley, N.Y., fled the scene with about $270.
Johnson is currently being held on charges in the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility.
Public Defender Linda LaBarbera said her client had told her that “as bad as jail is, the life she was leading outside was worse than the past year in jail.”
“She won’t do anything to jeopardize her sobriety,” LaBarbera told the court.
As part of a plea agreement, District Attorney Jason Legg waived the mandatory five year minimum sentence for the offense but advocated for a lengthy period of probation following the prison term “as more of a resource (for Guerin) than a punishment.”
Legg also pointed out the speed in which Guerin’s life spiraled out of control while she was using heroin with eight arrests in one year’s time.
“Those who downplay (drug use) ought to look at Miranda to see just how bad this can be,” Legg said.
Others sentenced Thursday included:
Jerome Slick of Thompson, to 12 months probation for possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with a March 8 incident in Thompson Borough.
Omar Bailey, 19, Newark, N.J., to nine to 24 months in state prison, eligible for Triple R-I (Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive), to run concurrent with a New Jersey probationary sentence, for possession of stolen property on March 6 in Harford Twp.