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Man sentenced in attack, robbery

on December 18, 2013 10:20 AM

BIRDSBORO (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 9 1/2 to 20 years behind bars for attacking and robbing an 85-year-old woman after following her off a bus.

WFMZ-TV reported that William Zern Smith, 23, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to robbery in Berks County.

Police said Smith knocked the elderly woman to the ground and took her purse after she stepped off the bus in Mount Penn on Aug. 5. She suffered an injury to her face and a broken arm.

The bus was equipped with a surveillance camera that captured images of Smith getting off the bus. Tips led to his arrest hours later after those images were shown on television and online.

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