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Man sent to prison for four years for Beverly robbery

The second man arrested for the July 5 robbery of the Beverly Marathon station was sentenced Tuesday morning to four years in prison.

Edward James Haynes, 28, of 388 Mechanic St., Macksburg, was arrested July 29 after confessing to being the person who robbed the store at gunpoint. He was indicted on two counts of robbery, both second-degree offenses.

On July 5, deputies patrolling Beverly were advised the Marathon station had just been robbed at gunpoint. When deputies and detectives from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded, they were advised that a man approached the counter and pointed a handgun in the clerk’s face, demanding money from the register.

The clerk gave the money to the robber and he exited the store. Surveillance footage showed the person wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a bandanna over his face. Detectives also learned that another individual had dropped the robber off and waited in an early 2000s white Chevrolet S10.

“He conspired with his co-defendant to rob the store,” said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor David Silwani. “He used a BB gun, which was still dangerous. Even though it was a fake gun, someone could have been hurt, regardless.”

After he was arrested, Haynes admitted to destroying the clothes he wore in the robbery, but the weapon, an Airsoft pistol, was recovered.

In October, he pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, a second-degree felony. The maximum he could have received was eight years in prison, said Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi.

Haynes’ accomplice, Michael J. Estee, 33, of 304 High St., Senecaville, drove the pickup truck in which Haynes used to make his getaway. Estee pleaded guilty in September to one count of second-degree robbery and was sentenced Nov. 1 to three years in prison.

“The state would be making the recommendation of a base sentence of four years,” Silwani said on Tuesday. “I should note that the co-defendant in this case, the driver, got three years as a base sentence, so the state believes that a four-year sentence in this case would be appropriate considering the circumstances. The citizens of Washington County cannot tolerate this behavior. The state does not tolerate this behavior.”

A victim impact statement was read by one of the Marathon employees and she described how after the robbery, none of the employees felt safe being in the store alone.

“The employees of the company wish for the defendant to receive the maximum penalty the law will allow,” she said.

Haynes’ attorney, Rolf Baumgartel, said his client now understands the full impact of the crime.

“He understands the impact he had, which is a lot clearer now than at the time of the offense,” Baumgartel said. “He used a BB gun specifically because he didn’t want anyone to get hurt. Obviously when you are engaging in this, someone could still get hurt, other unforeseen things can happen, but it doesn’t necessarily lessen the impact because the person at the time uses a real gun.”

He said it was important to note that Haynes didn’t think the robbery through clearly or think about the impact on others, other than he didn’t want anyone to get hurt.

Haynes spoke on his own behalf before he was sentenced.

“I’m sorry that I impacted his life that much,” he said of the clerk he robbed. “I wasn’t trying to harm or really scare anybody, I just needed money for my family. That’s all.”

He said he knew the cashier was instructed to hand over the money during a robbery and that he wouldn’t have to use any force.

“I didn’t go in there wanting to do or intending any harm, I just wanted to look like I wouldn’t have any trouble, I just wanted the money. I didn’t want to hurt anybody,” he said.

Kerenyi said Haynes had a history of criminal activity that started as a juvenile in 2003 and included robbery and several felonious assaults.

“It looks like you served five years in prison, which didn’t seem to do you much good,” Kerenyi said.

He noted that Haynes showed no genuine remorse for his offense and he had a high-risk of re-offending.

Along with the four-year prison sentence, he was given a mandatory three years of post-release control by the parole board.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

• Edward Haynes of Macksburg was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday.

• He was arrested for the robbery of the Beverly Marathon station in July.

• He could have received a maximum of eight years in prison.

• His accomplice, Michael J. Estee, was sentenced to three years in prison in November.

Source: Washington County Court of Common Pleas.

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