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Posted on: February 2, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Man who Robbed 8 Lancaster County Stores at Gunpoint gets 64-Year Sentence

A local judge’s sentence could land a 23-year-old serial robber in state prison until he’s an elderly man.

Andrew David Westry will serve 28 to 64 years in prison for a spree of 8 robberies and related offenses across Lancaster County.

Westry held up stores at gunpoint in six local municipalities in 2014, targeting convenience stores, dollar bargain stores – and Wendy’s and Little Caesar’s restaurants.

At sentencing in Lancaster County Court, Assistant District Attorney Julie Slabinski countered claims, from Westry’s supporters, that he is a nice person who helps elderly neighbors.

Slabinski pointed out that Westry terrorized store employees at gunpoint, and that he recently told probation/parole officials his only interests were “running the streets and getting high.”

County Judge David Ashworth ordered the sentence on Friday.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Lechner prosecuted the case.

Officers filed charges from police departments in East Hempfield, East Lampeter, Manheim, Manor and West Earl townships and Lancaster city.

Westry, formerly of South Lime Street, pleaded guilty to counts of robbery and conspiracy, and illegal possession of a firearm. A prior felony drug-dealing conviction prohibits him from having a gun.

(See CrimeWatch/Twitter feed for Westry's photo.)

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