BELLEFONTE — The young woman who robbed an Amish family’s store at gunpoint last year in Aaronsburg has pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement.
Prosecutors will ask that Brittany Wingard, 20, of Aaronsburg, get three to seven years when a judge sentences her next month.
Wingard pleaded down to felony robbery and burglary and a misdemeanor count of corruption of minors on Thursday in Centre County Court.
State police said Wingard and three teenagers, including her sister, were involved in the robbery of the Speicher Bulk Foods in Aaronsburg on Nov. 23.
Police said Wingard held up a woman at the store, but the woman fought back by pushing the rifle away and yelling for her family to call 911.
Wingard fled the store with 17- year-old Vincent Knepp, of Rebersburg. He pleaded guilty last week to robbery as part of a plea deal and is expected to get at least 18 months behind bars.
About three hours before the robbery, police said Wingard stole the weapon, a .233-caliber assault rifle, from a residence in Woodward.
Wingard’s sister, Brooke Wingard, 17, told their mother during a jailhouse visit that their plan was to get the weapon’s owner in trouble.
Brooke Wingard’s case, conspiracy to commit robbery, has been delayed.
Police said a 14-year-old girl from Spring Mills was in the getaway car, but it’s not known if she was charged.
Brittany Wingard’s attorney, Dan Nelson, said his client has a hand-written apology to the family that he hopes to present at her sentencing.
“She wants to acknowlege this, she wants to recognize the penalty, and she wants to get working on her time,” he said. “Brittany has been extremely remorseful from the beginning about this whole process.”