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Purse snatcher gets 15 years
March 12, 2007

Press Release For Immediate Release March 8, 2007

(Hamilton, Ohio) Leshawn McClurkin, a 25 year old, Columbus man received a 15-year prison sentence yesterday on one count of Aggravated Robbery, a first degree felony and Robbery, a third degree felony. McClurkin was found guilty of the charges by a Butler County jury on January 31st.

On September 26, 2006, McClurkin knock two woman to the ground and grabbed their purses, while they were conversing with each other outside of a United Dairy Farmers store in Middletown. One victim, a 76 year old woman was uninjured in the incident, however the second victim, a 94 year old woman sustained substantial injuries which included injury to her thumb, a head contusion, a separated shoulder, and an injured hip.

Prosecutor Piper stated, “He deserves it! We vigorously prosecute any offenses that victimize our senior citizens. Targeting elderly people or other individuals, who can not protect themselves deserves the severest of all punishments. I hope the word gets out there that if you hurt kids, seniors, or others who are vulnerable, we are going to be there to prosecute aggressively and the sentence will be tough. Fifteen years might seem like a long time to some, but you can not hurt our senior citizens just so you can steal a few dollars.”

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