Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 15, 2013

Mercer County jury finds McDowell County woman guilty of robbery

PRINCETON — A Mercer County jury has found a McDowell County woman guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery in the first degree.

The jury deliberated for 37 minutes today before finding Jessica Persianni Roberts, 40, of Crumpler guilty on both charges, said Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler.

Roberts robbed the Pop Shop near Bramwell on Aug. 22, 2011 with her husband, the late David Roberts. During the robbery, David Roberts was shot several times by the boyfriend of a store employee. He later died while in route to Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

After the verdict was rendered, Roberts was released on bond pending a motion for a new trial, Sitler said. She is facing an indeterminate sentence of one to five years for conspiracy to commit robbery and minimum of 10 years for robbery first degree.

“There is no maximum,” Sitler said. “It could be 10 years up to life.”

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