Sugar Grove man sentenced to state prison for January robbery

A Sugar Grove man will be spending between one and three years in prison for a January robbery.

Dudley Eugene Morningstar, 201 Pleasant St., Sugar Grove, was sentenced by Judge Gregory Hammond on Friday for the Jan. 20 robbery of the Town and Country Store in Sugar Grove.

Hammond sentenced Morningstar to serve between one and three years incarcerated in a state correctional facility with credit for time served.

Following investigation into the incident, Warren-based state police arrested Morningstar on Jan. 29 at his residence.

According to police, at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 20, a man in a full-face camouflage mask entered the Town and Country Store “pretending to have a gun in his pocket” and demanded money.

The cashier handed $947.32 over to the man from the cash register, before the man left the scene in a truck.

Morningstar was also sentenced to submit a DNA sample, undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, have no contact with his victim, not trespass on Town and Country Store property and pay $2,578 in fines, costs and restitution.

Two additional counts of robbery and a count of theft by unlawful taking were not prosecuted in the case.

Morningstar was also sentenced Friday for an unrelated count of theft by unlawful taking.

Hammond ordered Morningstar to serve an additional six to 18 months incarceration in a state correctional facility and pay $1,375 in fines, costs and restitution.