HONESDALE—Uni-Mart robber, Rachel E. Byrd, 26 of Acton, Massachusetts, was sentenced Thursday morning to a period of 5 ½ to 12 years' imprisonment in a State Correctional Institute.
As earlier reported, Byrd stole over $500 from the Uni-Mart Exxon station off Route 6 in Waymart in May this year.
During the robbery, Byrd struck the on-duty clerk with a metal baton, causing a laceration which needed over half a dozen staples to close.
She also threatened the attendant with a pistol and tied him to a store counter with duct tape before taking his cell phone.
Arrest papers indicate there was a customer inside the Uni-Mart and a bus broken down in the parking lot at the time of the incident.
The customer was allowed to go free without injury.
Court papers state Byrd used the money to post bail for her boyfriend at the time who was being held at the Wayne County Correctional Facility.
As noted in an earlier story, court papers state Byrd's then boyfriend's mother identified her as the culprit when video images from the crime were released to the media.
Police apprehended Byrd in Carbondale on May 7.
A release from District Attorney (DA) Pat Robinson's Office states, “According to Byrd her violent behavior stemmed from her drug induced state of mind.
“She stated that she was detoxing from heroin and had used 'meth' for the first time along with ecstasy prior to committing the Robbery.”
DA Robinson stated in the release, “The video tape of this vicious drug crazed assault is extremely disturbing. The sentence by Judge Edwards of 5 ½ to 12 years is very appropriate.
“I again want to congratulate the Pennsylvania State Police for their swift and sure investigation and apprehension of the Defendant in this incident.”
—Information from a release was used in this story.