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Schenectady woman admits to robbery of 81-year-old

Schenectady woman admits to robbery of 81-year-old

2nd woman allegedly involved still facing charges
Schenectady woman admits to robbery of 81-year-old
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SCHENECTADY — A 19-year-old woman who robbed an 81-year-old woman on a city street in May will be sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty Monday in court.

Latia I. Chandler, now 20, of Nott Terrace Heights, will also get five years of probation for her conviction on one count of third-degree robbery, a felony. She is to be sentenced later.

Chandler and co-defendant Imiah Belle, of Victory Avenue, were arrested over the summer. Police said they robbed the woman on the afternoon of May 8 near the Family Dollar on Eastern Parkway. 

The suspects knocked the woman to the ground and stole her purse. The victim suffered injuries to her head and back that required medical treatment, according to court documents filed previously.

Chandler appeared in court with her attorney, Tracey Chance. She remains in custody. Judge Kathleen Hogan presided.

Belle continues to face charges in the case. She was indicted last week on charges of second-degree robbery, second-degree assault and fourth-degree grand  larceny, all felonies.

Belle, who is represented by attorney Cheryl Coleman, pleaded not guilty. Coleman successfully argued that Belle should remain free on $25,000 bond, saying she has extensive family support and no prior criminal record.

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