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Two sentenced for restaurant robbery

July 13, 2017 Digital Media Exclusive

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Robert Leroy Coburn III
Terrence J. Mack

Two men charged with robbing a Slippery Rock restaurant were sentenced to prison time in Butler County Court on Thursday.

Terrence J. Mack, 25, of Slippery Rock, was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison, while Robert L. Coburn, 33, also of Slippery Rock, was sentenced to one year minus one day to two years minus two days in the Butler County Prison but county Judge William Shaffer.

Mack and Coburn had both previously entered guilty pleas — Mack to felony robbery and Coburn to felony conspiracy to commit robbery, before Shaffer.

Both were also ordered to pay $371 together in restitution to the Subway restaurant in Slippery Rock, after being pleading guilty to robbing the store at 432 S. Main St., Slippery Rock, on May 18, 2016.

Mack was also sentenced to three to six months concurrent after pleading guilty to felony default in required appearance.

His attorney, Public Defender Joseph Smith, said his client has a substantial amount of credit, is a veteran and had been considered for veterans court and was turned over to the VA, but “that didn't work out.”

Coburn's attorney, Dennis McCurdy, said his client has “worked diligently on his recovery and addiction” after several months in inpatient treatment, and currently resides in a halfway house.

Coburn said his arrest and subsequent recovery saved his life.

“It was a time of desperation,” he said. “I'm not the person I was then. I have done everything I can to better my life.”

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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