66 year sentence for poker game robbery

June 4, 2009 6:55:59 AM PDT
A 22-year-old Philadelphia man has been sentenced to at least 66 years in prison for his role in a robbery during a high-stakes poker game at a Delaware country club.

Akua Powell, who was sentenced Wednesday, was the only one of six defendants to turn down a plea bargain. Former state trooper HyunJin Kim was sentenced Tuesday to six years for his role.

Powell was convicted of 11 counts each of first-degree robbery and possession of a firearm during a felony, two counts of offensive touching, wearing a disguise during a felony and second-degree conspiracy. Each robbery and weapons count carries a mandatory three-year sentence.

Police said Powell was one of three armed, masked men who burst into the clubhouse at Wild Quail Country Club near Dover where a dozen people were playing poker and robbed them.

Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal, http://www.delawareonline.com

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