Diner robber pleads guilty to conspiracy, indecent liberties charges

Andrew Shoemaker

WOODSTOCK — One of four co-conspirators in the attempted robbery in January of Ben’s Diner pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit robbery as part of a plea agreement.

Andrew Bradley Shoemaker, 19, testified against Andrea Scalf, the getaway driver in the robbery scheme, and admitted to assisting Raymond Washington as back up in the attempted armed robbery of the Woodstock restaurant. Scalf was found guilty of all but one of the robbery-related charges on June 2, and Washington pleaded guilty on June 7 without an agreement. The alleged lookout in the robbery attempt, Leonard “Spoon” Garris, also testified at Scalf’s trial, but has yet to enter a plea agreement.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola said that Shoemaker’s assistance in the case made it possible for the prosecution to identify the parties involved, and he emphasized that Shoemaker’s testimony and cooperation were the reasoning behind the agreement.

Shoemaker also pleaded guilty to two other charges — carnal knowledge of a child and taking indecent liberties with a child — stemming from a May incident when he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

There are also marijuana distribution charges against Shoemaker that will be dismissed if Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp accepts the plea agreement, which he said he was inclined to do. The carnal knowledge and indecent liberties charges require a pre-sentence report to be conducted. As a result, the sentencing agreement of two years and six months to serve out of a nine-year prison sentence cannot be executed until the agreement is accepted.

The sentencing hearing has been set for Nov. 3 in Shenandoah County Circuit Court. The next hearing in the case against Garris is set for Sept. 6 in the same court, and a sentencing hearing for Washington was postponed until Sept. 20. A sentencing hearing for Scalf was postponed until Oct. 18 as a result of the attorney representing her during the bench trial withdrawing from the case.