Convict pleads guilty, sentenced in 2013 truck stop robbery
CENTREVILLE — A man already serving a 9-year prison sentence at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del., was sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 7, to 12 and a half years to the Maryland Division of Correction for the 2013 robbery of Trailway Truck Stop in Centreville.
Charles Lamont Finney, 38, pleaded guilty in Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court to the robbery and to two counts of theft. Judge Thomas G. Ross rendered the sentence and ordered it to begin upon completion of Finney’s Delaware sentence. The case was prosecuted by Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney Lance G. Richardson. Michael Fricker, assistant public defender, represented Finney.
Finney’s convictions were based upon his actions in January 2013, specifically charging him for robbing the clerk at the Trailway Truck Stop in Centreville, Richardson said. Finney attempted to purchase items, then brandished what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money from the cash register after cashier Jaswinder Singh opened the drawer to complete the transaction. Police later determined the gun was actually a pellet gun.
Finney got away with about $400 in cash. The robbery was captured on store surveillance, and upon questioning by Maryland State Police at the Delaware prison facility, Finney made incriminating admissions after viewing the photographs of himself, Richardson said.
Detectives specifically questioned Finney about a distinctive leather jacket with a snake embroidered on the back , which he was known to own and wear.
Finney claimed he committed his crimes due to his drug addiction and said he had no intention of harming his victims, Richardson said. Finney added he was remorseful but that his desperate actions were a result of having no support system upon being released from prison.
In addition to the truck stop robber y, Finney pleaded guilty to two counts of theft less than $1,000 in two unrelated cases. He had not confessed to those crimes and there was no physical evidence or identifications in the companion cases, but the suspect matched Finney’s physical description and the facts were consistent with the same modus operandi for the crimes, Richardson said.
Finney was willing to plead to those cases as well as the robbery in exchange for the state not opposing a request for an inpatient drug treatment program for him before his release back into society near the end of his Maryland prison sentence, Richardson said.
Finney’s sentence falls at the high end within the Maryland sentencing guidelines, Richardson said. He is a repeat offender.
Richardson thanked Detective Nathaniel Vansant of the Maryland State Police for his efforts and professionalism in handling and solving the case.