Local man convicted of robbery Tuesday

Published 7:54 pm Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A man was convicted of robbing the former Payless Shoe Store Tuesday in the Pike County Circuit Court.

Marvin Wooden was convicted of entering the store, and robbing the store clerk, Peggy Hermeling, at gunpoint.

Hermeling took the stand Tuesday as the prosecution’s main witness and identified Wooden as the robber, said Pike County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Moore.

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Wooden was convicted of robbery first degree, a class A felony.

The crime carries a possible sentence of 15 to 99 years in prison or life in prison, but Wooden’s history could lead to an increased sentence, Moore said.

Wooden has been previously convicted of two robberies in Enterprise, and faces two 80-year sentences in Coffee County for those crimes.

Also, Wooden is actually alleged to have robbed the Payless Shoe Store twice in May 2008, but was only convicted of the first offense, said to have occurred May 16, Tuesday.

Moore said the combination of those offenses could cause Wooden to receive a sentence of life in prison without parole at his sentencing, and that the district attorney’s office would likely request the judge to issue that sentence.

Moore also said the trial for the second incident would not likely come until 2011.