FRONT ROYAL — The Front Royal man arrested in connection with several thefts in November was sentenced to the six months in jail he had already served before entering into a plea deal last month.

Phillip Fincham, 23, of the 500 block of Manassas Ave., was sentenced to 10 years of incarceration with all but time served suspended, in exchange for pleading guilty to attempted robbery, two counts of attempted breaking and entering, robbery, and possession of a schedule I/II substance.

Online Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail records show Fincham was incarcerated from his Nov. 17 arrest through the May 20 plea deal. 

Three counts of wearing a mask in certain places were dropped as part of the plea deal. Fincham also received three years of supervised probation.

The maximum penalty Fincham could have received was 75 years in prison, according to the plea deal.

Fincham was charged with robbery and possession of a schedule I or II substance following the theft of money from City National Bank in town on Nov. 12 after passing a teller a note demanding money, according to the police.

Fincham was found Nov. 17 with five pills that he said were fentanyl after police observed him engaging in what appeared to be a drug purchase, according to court documents. Fincham confessed to the robbery and three other offenses. He was also in possession of cash that had serial numbers matching the money stolen from the bank.

The three other offenses occurred on Nov. 7 when Fincham handed a clerk a note at the Circle K gas station demanding money from the register, court documents reveal. The clerk pretended to activate a silent alarm to scare Fincham away, who fled without money.

Fincham also allegedly attempted to burglarize the Knotty Pine restaurant, where he worked on and off for several years, by attempting to kick open a back door during the early morning of Nov. 8, court documents state. The attempt failed as Fincham was scared off by an employee who was still inside the restaurant, a criminal complaint states.

The third attempt involved breaking into the Knotty Pine on Nov. 10 and stealing cash, court documents show. The door to the bar area was kicked in, Front Royal Police Capt. Crystal Cline previously stated by email.

Fincham was later captured on video surveillance entering a business wearing pants and shoes similar to the suspect in the Nov. 8 Knotty Pine break-in attempt, the attempted Circle K burglary and the bank robbery, according to court documents. 

Fincham was represented by attorney Alasen Schell. Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney John Bell prosecuted the case.

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He's not a rocket scientist so he'll be right back in trouble very soon.

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