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Posted: September 09, 2011

PHILADELPHIA

See you in 107 years

Harold Sidney Brunson, a serial robber, was sentenced yesterday to 107 years in federal prison. Brunson, 36, was convicted at two separate trials of robbing two pizza restaurants, a pub, a service center and a beverage company in the Northeast.

Prosecutors said that during gunpoint robberies - which netted almost $8,000 - Brunson forced employees and customers to the floor, emptied their pockets and stole money from cash registers. During the robbery of a pizzeria, on April 15, 2007, he ordered employees into a walk-in refrigerator.

Give up gun, get $100

A "no questions asked" gun buy-back campaign will be held from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Donald Finnegan Recreation Center, 30th Street near Wharton. Those who turn in guns will receive $100 gift cards to Fresh Grocer, police said. The event is hosted by the Church of the Redeemer and the Office of the Youth Commission.

DELAWARE

Perv's appeal fails

A federal appeals court in Dover has upheld the conviction of Thomas Pendleton, a convicted sex offender sentenced to 30 years in prison for molesting a boy in Germany.

Pendleton argued that the government had no authority to prosecute him for engaging in noncommercial illicit sex overseas. He also said his case should have been heard in New York, where he boarded a plane for Germany in 2005, rather than Delaware, where he was arrested after returning and charged with failing to register as a sex offender, based on previous convictions.

The appeals court this week said the government can prosecute people who travel to other countries to abuse children, just as it can prosecute those who cross state lines to do so.

- Staff reports

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