CAPE MAY COUNTY MAN GETS 12 YEARS FOR ARMED ROBBERY

A Cape May County man was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Friday for first-degree armed robbery with a knife, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated.
In accordance with a May 17 plea agreement, Steven Peek, 34, of Ocean City, must serve 85 percent of the imposed sentence, or ten years, two months and twelve days, before becoming eligible for parole.
At 9:45 p.m. on Nov. 8, 2010, Peek approached the Cumberland Farms gas station at the corner of Ocean Heights Avenue and Zion Road in Egg Harbor Township, pulled out a four-inch folding knife and demanded cash from a gas station attendant. The attendant gave Peek $540. Peek was arrested 10 days later after an extensive investigation by Egg Harbor Township Police, according to Assistant Prosecutor Dave Ruffenach, who represented the state.
At sentencing Peek argued for a 10-year sentence, but Superior Court Judge Kyran Connor rejected the defendant’s argument and, relying in large part upon the fact that the defendant had a prior robbery conviction, imposed the twelve year sentence, Assistant Prosecutor Ruffenach said.

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