Mardela man sentenced on robbery and assault charges
SALISBURY, Md. – A Mardela man is facing ten years in the Division of Corrections, following his conviction on robbery and assault charges.
The charges stem from an incident that took place on January 1st, 2018, when 36-year-old John Lowe allegedly robbed the Food Rite store in Hebron. Upon entering the store, Lowe threatened the store clerk while attempting to have the clerk open the cash register. He then attempted to open the register himself, however, he was unsuccessful. Police say he fled the store with approximately ten packs of cigarettes, then tried to sell the cigarettes or trade them for gas at a convenience store in Salisbury about 30 minutes after the robbery.
Lowe was convicted on one count of robbery and one count of second degree assault back on November 8th.
The original sentencing guidelines in this case were three to seven years, however, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Wicomico County reportedly asked for a sentence above the guidelines due to the risk to public safety posed by Lowe during the incident.