State prison for robber
A man involved in a conspiracy to rob another man’s ex was sentenced to serve two to four years in state prison.
Sean R. Laury, 40, was wanted for a home invasion on Memorial Avenue last April. He was arrested three months later.
Wearing a mask and carrying a handgun, Laury broke into a home belonging to Elliot Cruz and Ashlee Getz.
He threatened the couple and their then 2-year-old son, city police said in an affidavit.
Laury ordered them to the floor and threatened to shoot the young child if they didn’t listen to him, police said.
“I’m not playing, lay down,” he told them.
But Cruz attempted to disarm Laury and the two fought in the house.
During the struggle, Getz’s ex-boyfriend, Derrick Ponds, was yelling at Laury, saying “Come on, man, don’t let him get the gun. Give me the gun,” police said.
Before Laury broke in just before midnight, Ponds was at the door to the house, but Getz wouldn’t let him in — leading to Laury breaking in, police said.
At some point during the robbery, police said Laury pisol-whipped Cruz and bit Getz on her arm.
Laury and Ponds fled the house. Ponds was arrested near the scene and taken into custody after Getz identified him as being involved.
Laury was able to get away, but police found the mask and his sweatshirt left behind in the house.
He was arrested three months later after a traffic stop and charged with robbery, aggravated and simple assault, terroristic threats, person not to possess a firearm, endangering the welfare of a child, burglary and trespassing.
He pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing the firearm while a convicted felon before being sentenced, according to court records.
Ponds faced similar charges and pleaded no contest to robbery and guilty to person not to possess a firearm in Lycoming County Court the same day Laury did, according to court records.
He is scheduled to be sentenced in front of Judge Richard A. Gray on Oct. 25.