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Robin Piper, Butler County Prosecutor, announces the conviction a 20 year-old Hamilton man
September 13, 2007

Press Release For Immediate Release September 11, 2007

(Hamilton, Ohio) Robin Piper, Butler County Prosecutor, announces the conviction a 20 year-old Hamilton man. A jury convicted Chester Lunsford, after 2 hours of deliberating, for Robbery, second degree felony, Grand Theft, a fourth degree felony, and Receiving Stolen Property, a fourth degree felony.

The charges stem from Lunsford’s involvement on March 20, 2006, when a 62-year old Richard’s Pizza manager was attacked mid-day in the parking lot while carrying bank deposits of approximately $10,000. Two others who helped Lunsford in the robbery, have already been convicted and sentenced.

One of the co-defendants testified at trial, admitting they had “cased” the restaurant and that they split the money afterwards.

Prosecutor Piper stated, “Those who pick on the elderly should be punished more severely and clearly those who rob people and businesses must go to prison. This predator was trying to rob a 62-year old woman just doing her job, making a bank deposit. These crimes lead to serious injury and even death - and should result in lengthy sentences. There shouldn’t be any tolerance for those who prey upon hard-working citizens. We are very appreciative of the jury’s verdict - it helps us clean up the streets.”

The defendant is facing 11 years in prison and will be sentenced before Judge Sage on October 17, 2007 at 8:30 a.m.

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