Lancaster teen sentenced to 12 years in prison for armed robbery

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LANCASTER, Pa. — A Lancaster teen will spend up to 12 years in state prison for the March 23 armed robbery outside a Lancaster City barbershop, according to the Lancaster District Attorney’s office.

Jimmy Pierre, 17, plead guilty Tuesday to robbery and illegal possession of a fire arm.

According to prosecutors, Pierre and 18-year-old Joan Rodriguez-Taveras were inside a barbershop near King and Broad Streets when they spotted two students with cash and cell phones.

Once outside, prosecutors said Pierre pulled out a gun and robbed the two students of their belongings. Investigators said Rodriguez-Taveras served as the getaway driver.

Pierre has a prior burglary conviction. He was charged as an adult because he used a gun during the robbery, prosecutors said.

Rodriguez-Taveras plead guilty Tuesday and will be sentenced at a later date. He told Lancaster City police he got $6 from the robbery.