Third Man Involved in Burglarizing Elderly Woman Sentenced

CLEARFIELD – The third and last man involved in burglarizing an elderly woman last year was sentenced Tuesday by Clearfield County President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman.

On the charge of criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, Thomas J. Allison was sentenced to 30 months-to-seven years at a state correctional institution. He was ordered to pay $100 plus the cost of prosecution, submit to D.N.A. testing, and pay restitution to the victim, in her 80s, in the amount of $89.33. For a charge of receiving stolen property, Allison was sentenced to two years probation to run consecutive to the above sentence.

Ammerman said that the severity of the sentence was due to the seriousness of the crime and the age of the victim.

Allison was found guilty by a jury of criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, and receiving stolen property in October. While presiding, Ammerman noted that the two conspiracy charges would merge, which was why he was sentenced to one instead of two conspiracy charges.

The sentence stems from an event that took place on Feb. 15, 2005, in which Allison, Russell Hurley III and Justin Craig all had a part. The affidavit of probable cause stated that the three men used a ladder to enter a second story window of the woman’s home. Once inside, two of the men ordered the woman to hold a pillow over her face while they stole prescription medication and money.

Craig was sentenced Monday to two-to-five years in state prison for his role in the crime, and Hurley was placed in a state program.

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