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Robbery suspect gets 27 years

Arthur Lee Ford was sentenced to 27 years in prison for two separate robberies in Perry County. Judge Jack Megis handed down his sentence Tuesday afternoon in Marion. Ford received 27 years for each robbery count, which he will serve concurrently.

Last month Ford pled guilty to the April 25, 2002, robbery of the Northend convenience store in Uniontown, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

In this case, Ford was accused of brandishing a pistol during the robbery and taking cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash. Court records show police later recovered these items.

Ford also pled guilty last month to robbing an elderly woman at knifepoint near the Colonial Manor nursing home in Marion on Feb. 19, 2002.

“These offenders need to learn that if they commit a violent crime, they have to do a lot of time,” said District Attorney Michael Jackson.

Ford may also face additional jail time if convicted for other robberies he is accused of committing in Dallas County.

He is expecting to face a judge for the Oct. 23, 2004, robbery of Nelson’s Country Store.

Court records show Ford is accused of entering the store with a weapon and demanding money.

He was in possession of both the stolen cash and gun when was later arrested for the crime, according to court document.

Ford has also been charged in connection to the Aug. 22, 2002, robbery of the Bargain Town store.