Friday, August 7, 2015

Man Faces 20 Years in Prison After Robbing a Man at Knife Point for $1

A 32-year-old felon from Jersey City, New Jersey may face up to 20 years in prison after robbing a man at knife point and demanding $1. Michael Gerst is charged with first degree armed robbery, resisting arrest and a weapons offense related to a red-handled steak knife in connection to the Aug. 3 incident, according to police. Although first degree armed robbery carries a possible prison sentence of 10 to 20 years, the public defender argued at Michael's initial court hearing on Friday that it would be more appropriate that he be charged with aggravated assault. At the time of his arrest, cops found the knife on Michael. According to the court, Michael has six prior arrests, two disorderly persons convictions and a criminal conviction for attempted arson. His bail is set at $80,000.

source: The Jersey Journal
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