Two Maryland brothers behind a 2012 Christmas Eve robbery inside a New Freedom church that injured an elderly parishioner pleaded guilty to charges in January. Victor Paul Sorrentino, 58, of Dundalk, pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to robbery and was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in prison for his role in the robbery at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Southern Regional Police said on Wednesday.
He was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution but was given credit for time served, according to court records. His attorney could not be reached for comment.
Gregory Robert Sorrentino, 56, of Joppa, pleaded guilty Jan. 6 to receiving stolen property and was sentenced to 293 days to 23 months in prison and ordered to pay court costs and restitution, court records state. Gregory Sorrentino was given credit for time served and has been released from prison, records indicate.
Victor Sorrentino stole a wallet from inside a purse belonging to a 78-year-old woman who was preparing for a church service. When she confronted him, he shoved her backward into a wall and she fell to the ground, suffering injuries, police had said.
Attorney George Margetas, said his client, Gregory Sorrentino, didn't know his brother was going to rob anyone until after it happened.
Calling the sentence fair, Margetas said Victor Sorrentino has maintained he was responsible for the robbery since the pair were arrested in January, 2013.
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