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Robber gets 20 years for crime spree
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Convicted in three armed robberies that terrified store clerks in Monrovia and Mount Airy last year, Moses Moard Streete won't be eligible for parole until 2017.



"It does not make me happy to see a young man serve so much time," Judge Theresa M. Adams told the 26-year-old New Yorker on Friday in Frederick County Circuit Court. "But I am obligated to the citizens of Frederick County, and I don't want any other citizens in danger because of you."



Streete was one of three men fished out of Carroll Creek the afternoon of March 6, 2007, moments after crashing their car while fleeing their last holdup.
In December, two months after Streete was found guilty of 13 of 28 crimes, his lawyer, Scott L. Rolle, convinced Adams to grant him a new trial based on overlooked evidence found by jurors during deliberations.



On April 22, as opening statements in his second trial were set to begin, Streete agreed to plead guilty to three armed robbery charges and to using a handgun in a felony crime of violence. The agreement called for a 20-year sentence.



In crimes of violence, inmates must serve at least half their terms before they are eligible for parole.



Streete and his accomplices used a handgun to hold up the 7-Eleven store at 11901 Fingerboard Road in Monrovia, the Shell gas station at 649 Lake View Drive in Mount Airy and Castle Liquors at 1312 S. Main St. in Mount Airy.



Aware of Friday's hearing, the victims did not attend, Assistant State's Attorney Deborah R. Kemp said.



Streete was polite and mild-mannered in court Friday, smiling and waving to five family members who traveled from Georgia for his 30-minute sentencing hearing.



He embraced his defense attorneys from Rolle's law firm, Jason W. Shoemaker and Joseph B. Edlow, after sentencing. Since January, Rolle has been serving full-time in the U.S. Army Reserve.



Declining to make a statement, Streete had Shoemaker speak for him.



Shoemaker said he has seen a remarkable change in
Streete since he accepted responsibility for his actions. While in the local jail, Streete has done research on entering a vocational program to become an electrician.



"Moses wants to be among goal-oriented inmates," Shoemaker said. "He wants to go where he can be a productive person."
Streete is an intelligent man who has impressed Shoemaker and Rolle.



"Moses has a good head on his shoulders -- he just hasn't necessarily used it right," Shoemaker said. "But I believe he can E? Mr. Rolle and I would absolutely give him a job" after he gets out of prison.



Streete's legal problems may not be behind him after his release, however.



He faces the possibility of serving 15 years on a felony drug charge in New York.



"I'm not sure why, what your problems are that drove you to this criminal act," Adams said. "No doubt what happened was just terrifying for the victims in this case, people just working, and you terrified them."



Shoemaker said Streete is still a young man who has a chance to be a productive member of society.



"I do hope for you that you have success in the future and that you use your time productively," Adams said. "Serve that time wisely."
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