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Posted on: September 16, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Superior Court won’t Hear Neighborhood-Store Robber’s Appeal that Lawyer gave Bad Advice

Arieset Galarza-Ruiz

An inmate serving a 15-to-30-year sentence for robbing 10 Lancaster neighborhood stores is arguing that his attorney gave him bad advice.

Arieset Galarza-Ruiz pleaded guilty last year to the 2013 armed robberies, and has appealed that his attorney promised a more lenient sentence.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has declined to entertain the appeal. In a Tuesday ruling, the high court writes that Galarza-Ruiz’s attorney didn’t overlook any basis for appeal.

The high court also ruled that Galarza’s allegation regarding his attorney should have been argued on prior appeal.

Galarza-Ruiz, 31, was jailed for a spree of armed robberies at convenience stores and gas stations, many near his home, between October and December 2013.

Galarza-Ruiz netted about $2,000 in all the robberies.

Lancaster County Judge Joseph Madenspacher ordered the 15-to-30-year sentence. Lancaster County Assistant District Attorney Mark Fetterman prosecuted the case.

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