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Aaron Hartley Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail

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Brooke County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Wilson sentenced Aaron Hartley to 20 years in jail.

"This is one of the more terrible crimes that's taken place in Brooke County over the last years that I've been prosecuting cases. It's very serious where we had some elderly people who were assaulted pretty severely. So the State was really seeking a stiff penalty in this case," says Prosecutor Joe Barki.

Aaron Hartley pleaded guilty on September 12th to two counts of robbery in connection to a  home invasion  in May 2011.

Today, family members were by his side as the judge decided his sentence.

Hartley's attorney Patricia Kurelac described  Hartley's family structure, the trouble he had growing up  and what she said he is doing now to overcome  it.  Tears streamed down Hartley's face as he asked to  be sentenced to house arrest.

"With these final words judge, give me a chance and letting me stay home on house arrest the next 2 to 3 months to spend the holidays with my family and see my first child born," says Hartley.

Prosecutor Joe Barki followed that by saying the victims are now afraid in their own home and afraid to answer the door because of what Hartley did. He asked Hartley be sentenced to 30 years on each count and run consecutively.

After much consideration, Judge Wilson sentenced Hartley to 10 years for one count and 10 years for the other to run consecutively.

"We are a little disappointed in the outcome the victims and the state were seeking a higher sentence for the defendant we understand he's a young man but we believe the crimes called for a stiffer penalty," says Barki.

Hartley will be on house arrest until February 4, 2013, when he must report to West Virginia Northern Regional Jail at 9 am. He will also be allowed to witness the birth of his child.