Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 23, 2014

Man guilty of robbery with BB gun sentenced

PRINCETON — A Mercer County man who was arrested in late October 2013 after using a BB gun to rob a man at gunpoint was sentenced Wednesday in Mercer County Circuit Court.

Joshua Willard, 23, of Bluefield, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope for a disposition hearing. Willard was facing five to 18 years for armed robbery, and one to 15 years on a separate burglary charge, according to information at the Mercer County Circuit Clerk’s Office.

Swope sentenced Willard to a term of six months to two years at the Anthony Correctional Center, according to the circuit clerk’s office.

Willard was arrested at his home in late October 2013 after using a BB gun to rob and threaten a man. The investigating officer, Patrolman J.S. Bish of the Bluefield Police Department, said at the time of the arrest that the victim gave Willard $20, and then another $300 after his life was threatened.

Willard has been held at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver since his arrest.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Janet Williamson represented the state at Wednesday’s hearing.

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