Mt. Vernon Register-News


February 9, 2006

Two face trial in robberies


MT. VERNON — The jury trial for a man and woman accused of robbing two local convenience stores within days of each other is still expected to take place in April.

Brandon Poracky, 22, and Savannah Abbott, 19, both of Rolling Meadows Estates, face armed robbery charges after their arrest Dec. 28 for allegedly robbing the Casey’s General Store on South 42nd Street.

After allegedly trying to elude police in a car chase, Poracky and Abbott — who were accompanied by three young children — were arrested after crashing near a westside motel here.

Charges in the case involve both robberies.

Poracky, in court Wednesday with his attorney, Public Defender Bob Verhines, faces two counts of armed robbery — class X felonies — for his alleged involvement in the robberies of both the 42nd Street and Salem Road Casey’s stores.

He is also charged with two counts of aggravated battery — a class 3 felony — in connection with the stabbing of the clerk at the Salem Road store.

On Jan. 24, Poracky pleaded not guilty to his charges. Two days later, Verhines filed a motion asking the court to try counts one and two separately from counts three and four.

In the motion, Verhines claims that since the charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery allege “separate and distinct offenses,” and since the alleged offenses occurred at different times, it would be prejudicial for Poracky to have one trial on all counts, depriving him of his constitutional rights.

That motion has not yet been heard in court.

Poracky is being held at the Jefferson County jail on $250,000 bond. A motion to have that bond reduced is still pending.

Abbott, who was allegedly driving the getaway vehicle prior to her arrest, is charged with two counts of armed robbery; aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude police, a class 4 felony; and two counts of aggravated battery.

She also pleaded not guilty Jan. 24 to all charges. Public Defender Jim Henson is her attorney.

Jury selection in both trials is scheduled to begin April 11.

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