Crime

Man sentenced to 4-8 years for armed robberies in Patton Township

A man accused in two armed robberies in Patton Township in February 2014 will see time in state prison after sentencing Tuesday.

Judge Jonathan D. Grine sentenced Penn Porterfield, 21, to 4-8 years of incarceration followed by three years of probation, in accordance with a plea agreement. Porterfield pleaded guilty last month to robbery, conspiracy and drug charges, according to court documents.

Porterfield faced the robbery and conspiracy charges in relation to two armed robberies of the same Vairo Boulevard apartment in 2014, according to the criminal complaints. Porterfield and another man, Eric Dietrich, were suspected by Patton Township police of entering the apartment on Feb. 20 and taking money and electronics from people there at knifepoint, according to court documents. Porterfield was accused of robbing the apartment at gunpoint alone the next day, according to the criminal complaint.

Dietrich, 21, also faced charges and pleaded guilty to conspiracy in December. He was sentenced to 111/2 to 231/2 months in Centre County Correctional Facility and was released on parole last month after receiving credit for time served, according to court documents.

Porterfield also entered guilty pleas on two counts of possession with intent to deliver after police discovered drugs during a search of his vehicle in late 2012 and a search of his State College residence in early 2014, according to court documents.

Porterfield’s attorney, Ron McGlaughlin, and his mother spoke of Porterfield’s intelligence at the sentencing and told Grine that Porterfield was addicted to drugs at the time and the behavior was more indicative of that than of Porterfield’s true character.

McGlaughlin also said Porterfield was different than many people he represents because he has a “positive outlook” toward sentencing. Porterfield himself addressed the court and said he looked ahead to rehabilitating in prison, moving forward and being a contributing member of society.

“I’m really, really sorry for what I did,” Porterfield said.

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