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Convicted robber sentenced to 5 to 6 years

YOUNGSTOWN — Christopher M. Thompson, 38, of Tangent Street, was sentenced to five to six years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated robbery and a gun specification in the June 8 robbery of an elderly man on Roy Street on the West Side.

Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court handed down the sentence this week.

Thompson was indicted on aggravated robbery with a gun specification and repeat violent offender specification; grand theft when the property is a firearm or dangerous ordnance; being in possession of a firearm while not allowed; and grand theft of a motor vehicle with a gun specification.

All of the charges except aggravated robbery and the gun specification were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

A passing motorist came to the aid of the bloodied man after he was assaulted at 3 p.m. at his home in the 2100 block of Roy Street, according to a police report.

When police arrived, they found the victim bleeding heavily from his left ear and forearm. The passing motorist said he was driving by when he saw the victim and stopped to help. The victim said he thought he had been struck with a flashlight.

He told police he allowed Thompson to stay a couple of days at his home, and they got into an argument over a handgun. That’s when Thompson started beating the

older man with an unknown object, the victim told police.

Thompson took the revolver, ammunition and the victim’s Chevrolet pickup and left, the victim stated. The victim was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

erunyan@vindy.com

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