Man sentenced to 14 years in armed robberies

November 13, 1997

A Glyndon man was sentenced to 14 years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to robbing High's convenience stores in Hampstead and Howard County last year.

Paul F. Hamby, 33, was given 10-year consecutive sentences for each armed robbery. Carroll County Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. suspended six years of the term in the Howard County case.

Prosecutors said Hamby was linked to the robbery Oct. 16, 1996, in Hampstead after Officer Phillip Kasten of the Hampstead Police Department learned that Hamby had cashed a bad check at a nearby Hampstead liquor store less than an hour before robbing the High's store at gunpoint.

Kasten gave Hamby's name to Baltimore County detectives who were investigating several convenience store robberies.

Victims in three counties identified Hamby as the armed robber.

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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