Ithaca, N.Y. — A local man was sentenced on Thursday to six months behind bars on robbery charges.


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William R. Howell Jr. was sentenced by Judge Joe Cassidy in Tompkins County Court. Howell appeared shackled and wore an orange jumpsuit.

Howell will also face 5 years of probation and be made to pay $375 in fees, Judge Cassidy said.

Here’s the summary of facts provided by authorities:

On Dec. 29, 2014, at around 9:06 p.m., Howell entered the Ithaca Commons Market at 122 North Aurora Street and demanded that the cashier open the register.

He then struggled with the cashier “and made threats of harm to (her) during the altercation, in order to force her into turning over money,” court records say.

In the course of the struggle, Howell took the victim’s wallet. He then fled the scene, according to court documents.

He was later arrested at Chuck’s Mobile in Ithaca, still carrying the victim’s wallet, according to court records.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.