Diner robber sentenced to 2 1/2 years

Andrew Shoemaker

WOODSTOCK — Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp on Friday sentenced one of the four co-conspirators in the January attempted robbery of Ben’s Diner.

Andrew Bradley Shoemaker, 19, after testifying at a co-defendant’s trial, pleaded guilty in August to participating in the attempted robbery. He also pleaded guilty to two child sex offenses stemming from a May incident when he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola noted in the August hearing that there would not be a case against the other three involved in the robbery — Andrea Scalf, Raymond Washington, and Leonard “Spoon” Garris — without information from Shoemaker and that his testimony largely helped with Scalf’s conviction on the robbery charges.

Shoemaker’s three attorneys in this case, Allison Neal, Dragana McCleary and C. Todd Gilbert, represent him on a different set of charges. Some of the charges against Shoemaker, including two marijuana distribution charges, were dismissed as part of the agreement. All attorneys agreed on the sentencing at the August hearing, but a sex offender evaluation had to be conducted before Shoemaker could formally be sentenced.

Since the sex offender evaluation gave no reason to deliver a longer sentence, Hupp upheld the agreed-upon sentence of two years and six months to be served out of a total nine-year sentence. Shoemaker is to complete three years of supervised probation upon his release.

Shoemaker is also prohibited from any unsupervised contact with any women under the age of 18, and must register himself as a sex offender.