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Convenience Store Robber Sentenced To 80 Months’ Imprisonment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2014

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion sentenced Daniel Ortiz, age 28, of Watertown, New York, to 80 months’ imprisonment for his involvement in four robberies of convenience stores in April and May 2011.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Ortiz previously pleaded guilty in federal court to robbing (1) the Hilltop Sunoco / Extra Mart located at 238 State Route 6, Milford, Pennsylvania on April 6, 2011; and (2) the Turkey Hill Minit Market, 912 Pennsylvania Avenue, Matamoras, Pennsylvania, on April 11, 2011; (3) the Hilltop Sunoco / Extra Mart located at 238 State Route 6, Milford, Pennsylvania on April 17, 2011; and (4) the Turkey Hill Minit Market, 912 Pennsylvania Avenue, Matamoras, Pennsylvania, on May 5, 2011.  In doing so, Ortiz brandished weapons to instill fear to facilitate the robberies.  Judge Mannion ordered that Ortiz be placed on supervised release for three years following the service of his 80-month prison sentence.   

     The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney John Gurganus prosecuted the case.

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