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8 Friday, April 8, 2011 West Seattle Herald Gregory Paul Hess speaks to a reporter after being sentenced to 60 months in prison for his armed robbery of a Shell gas station on S. W. Roxbury on Feb. 5. He was sentenced at the King County Courthouse on April 1. By Ty Swenson released surveillance video of Hess's Gregory Paul Hess, 65, was sen- crime to media. The video shows tenced to 60 months in prison for Hess apologetically robbing Henry armed robbery of a Shell gas sta- of just under $300 using a handgun- tion in West Seattle by King County style pellet gun. ' r Judge Sharon Armstrong on April 1. Both prosecutors and Hess s atto - Hess pied guilty on March 3 to neys recommended Hess be given first degree robbery charges in the 51 months, the lower end of a 51 Feb. 5 robbery and appeared at the to 68 month sentence range, how- King County Courthouse for his ever Judge Armstrong decided on sentencing, the middle ground, giving Hess 60 He earned the nickname "Polite months based upon prior convictions Robber" after John Henry, the rob- and his use of a pellet gtm intended bery victim and owner of the Shell to look like a real handgun. station at 2805 S.W. Roxbury, Hess's attorneys painted him as a non-violent man who was desperate court. for money before Judge Armstrong Before sentencing Hess, Judge made her decision. Armstrong asked him if he had any- "Mr. Hess is not a violent man. He thing to say. was driven to commit this crime by "Well, I would certainly like to financial hardship ... and the manner apologize to Mr. Henry for what I in which he carried out this crime did. I honestly can't imagine what he was particularly docile" his defense must have felt ... I feel really, really said in court, bad about it and I did at the time, "Last December Mr. Hess woke when I went home after commit- up to the realization that he could ting the crime I honestly sat there for. not pay-rent or cover bills he about two hours before being able to was living solely on his social secu- do anything" rity check which was insufficient to "I just, I apologize. There's noth- cover his basic expenses. He sought ing more I can really say, I don't work, applying for jobs with several want to offer any excuses. What I did employers ... but his employment was - perhaps heinous is too strong search was predictably unsuccessful of a word - but it was very bad and I because of his prior convictions" his really wish that I had not done it" defense continued. "I would like to be able to follow "Without pre-planning, without the attorney recommendation, Mr. maliciousness and without much Hess, but I can't," Judge Armstrong thought at all he used a pistol-style said. "It was a robbery with what pellet gun to politely rob Mr. Henry appeared to be a deadly weapon. at the Shell station" You have committed robbery in the His defense went on to say Hess past twice and so I think I need to was cooperative when arrested by acknowledge the fact that you took police, even pointing out the evi- responsibility ... early in the life dence (pellet gun, clothing) they of this case and for that reason I'm would need to convict him. going to impose the midpoint of the Judge Armstrong asked for a vic- range. But I can't in good conscience tim impact statement from Mr. Henry impose the lower range" and was told one was laot provided to In addition to time served, Hess the court, must pay back the $300 he stole and "It is my understanding that (Mr. cannot have contact with Mr. Henry Henry) wished to be here today to for life. He lost his right to possess testify on Mr. Hess's behalf" Hess's firearms for life (unless reinstituted attorney said, adding Mr. Henry was unable to get away from work for Danny Mcmahoo and Elaine Moy with their dog Sequoia Here's some interesting stuff happening in the business community around West Seattle Kiet's Auto Service Mr. Cugon Nguyen, Manager 2827 Roxbury St. 206. 935.4243 We have added a second auto repair shop. In addi- tion to our location on 16th Ave SW, we have opened a new location on Roxbury Street. We do oil changes, engine tune ups and full auto repair. Stop in and meet the staff! by a judge) and lost his right to vote while incarcerated, and will have 18 months of probation upon his release. To read about the polite robbery in detail, go to the Herald article "Polite Robber charged with first degree robbery" at www.westse- Ty Swenson can be reached at policeblotter @ NTEGRITv .LAW GROUP, PLLCal Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese Interpreters available Notary and Apostille Services .:. BANKRUPTCY: Chapters 7 and 13 IMMIGRATION: Family, Fiancee and Spousal Immigration, Student Visas, Work Visas, Deportation FAMILY LAW: Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Child Support Changes, Separation Agreements PERSONAL INJURY: Worker's Compensation, Car Accidents, Slip and Falls BUSINESS LAW: Creation of Business Entities, Contracts, Civil Litigation, Purchase and Sales LOAN MODIFICATIONS/ SHORT SALES Wills Trusts Asset Protection Health Care Directives Real Estate Law Landlord/Tenant Law WE PROVIDE SOLUTIONS FORALL YOUR LEGAL NEEDS. 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