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August 28, 2013

Second man sentenced in Gibbons robbery

NEW CASTLE — A second defendant has been sentenced in the robbery of a local lawmaker.

State Rep. Jaret Gibbons and staff members were robbed at gunpoint last year while they were unloading items from a car at the legislator’s apartment in Harrisburg. The car was stolen by the two robbers.

Tuesday, one of the men arrested in the case, Michael Chavis, was ordered to serve nine to 20 years in jail for the crime. Previously, another defendant, Donnie Dozier, received a sentence of 12 to 30 years.

Police arrested the two men shortly after the crime occurred.

Other victims in the case included Gibbons’ chief of staff, Kevin Bowser, and an intern, Charles Goodall.

In a prepared statement Gibbons issued, he said, “I know the district attorney’s office and Harrisburg police worked very hard on this case, and I truly appreciate their efforts.

“I look forward to putting this incident behind me and moving forward knowing that the perpetrators will be behind bars for a lengthy period of time and unable to put the lives of any other citizens at risk.”

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