A Shrewsbury man must serve at least 16 years in prison for pointing a gun in the face of a Fawn Township woman, locking her in a bathroom and stealing a gun from her house.
Shane Owen Stewart, 30, of Woodland Drive, was found guilty at trial of burglary, robbery, false imprisonment, possession of a weapon, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal trespass and simple assault, according to court records. The jury acquitted him of kidnapping.
On Wednesday, Common Pleas Judge Craig T. Trebilcock sentenced Stewart to 16 to 32 years in state prison for the Oct. 11 home-invasion robbery.
Stewart also was sentenced to a concurrent nine to 18 years in prison on the unrelated armed robbery of a southern York County convenience store.
The robberies happened within 24 hours of each other, defense attorney Kevin Hoffman said, and both were committed with a BB gun that appeared to be a real handgun.
Drug addiction: At the time, Stewart was a heroin addict, according to his attorney.
"That addiction fueled these two crimes," Hoffman said, adding Stewart is now sober and remorseful for his actions.
"He wants the opportunity to come home and be the good father he never had," Hoffman said.
Stewart went to a home in the 200 block of Wiley Mill Road just before 11 a.m. Oct. 14 and confronted resident Denise Miller as she was walking out her door, according to court documents.
He forced her back inside and pointed a pistol at her face, police said. Miller grabbed the gun and they struggled.
Stuck in bathroom: Stewart forced Miller into a downstairs bathroom, barricaded the door with a chair and ordered her to stay there for 10 minutes, according to police.
He ran upstairs to the master bedroom, stole a .22-caliber handgun and ammunition that were in a dark-colored bag inside a closet, then fled the home, police said.
Miller, who lived there with her sister and brother-in-law, Melissa and Richard Mossman, called police and told them she recognized the intruder's voice as belonging to Stewart, police said.
Stewart had done odd jobs around the home for several weeks, and Richard Mossman told troopers Stewart had seen the handgun because he'd helped the Mossmans move in, police said.
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