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Palmerton man given state prison term for robberies

Published April 10. 2013 05:03PM

A Palmerton man was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday for his part in two robberies in the borough.

James Dee Archer, 33, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of 15 to 36 months in a state prison followed by two years of probation on one count each of robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit theft.

Archer previously pleaded guilty to the charges and admitted his part in two robberies at the Convenient Food Mart, at 643 Delaware Avenue. The robberies occurred on April 26 and 29, 2012. Also charged in connection with the robberies were Freddie M. Knight, 39, and Arlene Ann Jones, 44, both of Palmerton.

Knight was sentenced earlier this year to serve 16 to 36 months in a state prison after he had pleaded guilty to his part in the crimes.

Jones is scheduled to go on trial on May 6.

Archer blamed his involvement in the crimes on a long term drug addiction problem. He said he had been using illegal substances for over 20 years. He also told Matika that what he did was "horrible" and express sorrow for those who he affected by his actions.

The jail term was imposed on the robbery charge and the probation time on the theft count.

In addition to the jail term Matika ordered Archer to supply a DNA sample, get both drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, make restitution of $255.93 to the victim, and he is not allow to enter the victim store.

He was given credit for 346 days spent in jail to date on the charges.

Archer must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000.

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