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Teen gets 15 years in store robbery

Published: Sun, January 19, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


A federal judge has sentenced a Farrell, Pa., teenager to 15 years in prison for violating Hobbs Act conspiracy and robbery laws in connection with a robbery, in which he shot a local convenience-store owner in the hip.

Devine Campbell, 19, drew the sentence Thursday from U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry after pleading guilty to the Dec. 20, 2011, robbery of the B&M Market in Farrell.

Campbell was 17 when he committed this robbery but waived his right to a juvenile proceeding and agreed to be prosecuted as an adult.

The bullet, fired from a .22-caliber handgun, remains lodged in the store owner’s hip, the U.S. attorney said.

A co-defendant in this robbery, Joshua Stewart, has pleaded not guilty.

Ten years of Campbell’s federal sentence is concurrent, and five years of it is consecutive to the 35 years-to-life state prison term Campbell is serving for second-degree murder in the Dec. 31, 2011, shooting death of William Basilone Jr., 58, a Farrell bar owner, outside his bar.

In November 2013, a Mercer County jury convicted Campbell in the slaying of Basilone.

The federal charges were filed after an investigation by the FBI, the Southwest Mercer County Regional Police and the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office.

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