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Solobay Praises Police After Robber’s Conviction
On June 19, 2012
HARRISBURG – June 19, 2012 – State Sen. Tim Solobay today expressed his appreciation to police and prosecutors who secured the conviction of an armed robber nearly two years after he confronted the Senator on a Harrisburg street.
“Sometimes you don’t appreciate the seriousness of what’s happening on our streets until it literally jumps right in your face,” Solobay said. “It’s not TV. It’s real and there are police officers and prosecutors who live with it every day. My respect for them is enormous.”
Sharief Hand, one of four people who confronted Solobay in September 2010, was convicted in Dauphin County Court today of robbery and conspiracy.
“This was a difficult case because these guys were wearing masks and it was late at night,” Solobay said. “The investigators and the prosecutors stayed with it and their determination will get at least one of these people off the street.”
Hand is now in Dauphin Count Prison awaiting sentencing. Another suspect was acquitted in March and two more remain at large.
Solobay was unharmed in the armed robbery attempt and testified at both trials.
“It’s sad to see young men make such terrible decisions, but at the same time there are plenty of young people who grow up in tough circumstances who look for a job instead of a gun,” Solobay said. “I hope the judge sends a message that armed robbery will come with very serious, long-term consequences.”