Lewistown Sunoco robber given sentence

LEWISTOWN – One of three people involved in an armed robbery on July 26, 2012 at the Sunoco station on South Main Street was sentenced on Friday.

Akzavier Carrington, 18, was convicted by a jury in November 2013 and on Friday he was sentenced to serve 5 to 10 years in a state correctional facility.

For the first time, Carrington acknowledged he was responsible for the robbery and apologized in open court on Friday.

“I would like to apologize to the commonwealth, the police and most importantly the clerk … I can’t take back anything, for what it’s worth I’m sorry,” Carrington said.

Carrington was 17 years old at the time of the robbery but was tried as an adult due to the severity of the charges. He was convicted of two counts each of robbery and conspiracy, as well as one count each of terroristic threats and theft.

During the trial, Amanda Hocker, who was the cashier working at the gas station at the time of the robbery testified saying the robbery has affected her in many ways. She said she has difficulty sleeping, eating and doesn’t feel safe.

Hocker said two men – later identified as Carrington and 19-year-old Andrew Hoy – entered the store at 1:10 a.m. on the day in question. She said one of them pointed a pistol at her and demanded money from the register while the other man went to the rear of the store. She could not identify the men because they covered their faces, she said.

At one point during the trial, the surveillance video from the gas station was played. The armed robber can be seen pointing a pistol at Hocker, forcing her to the floor and threatening to harm her.

Hoy would later testify Carrington had a pellet gun, which he used in the commission of the robbery. Hoy’s job was to find and remove the surveillance footage, which he was unable to do.

Hoy and another co-conspirator, Charles Zeiders, 19, both of whom were offered plea agreements by the Mifflin County District Attorney’s office, testified against Carrington.

Zeiders testified he was the lookout for Hoy and Carrington. Zeiders and Hoy are expected to plead guilty to conspiracy charges in the near future.

Susan Carlous, the manager of the Sunoco station, said $72 was taken by the robbers.

Lewistown Police Department Detective Charles Miller, Sgt. Travis Scheaffer and Officer Jeromy Poff testified about their investigation into the robbery.

Miller testified there were several leads law enforcement followed during the course of an eight-month investigation.

At another point during the trial, the jurors were shown footage of the three suspects and another man, Kyle Boisvert, returning to a residence at Baumgardner Apartments on Chestnut Street shortly after the robbery.

Hoy and Zeiders testified they went to Boisvert’s apartment after the robbery, but said Boisvert did not participate in the robbery.

Zeiders was previously sentenced to time served for his role in the robbery, Hoy has yet to enter a plea, but he is expected to plead guilty in the near future.