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Man gets up to 26 years for Middletown home invasion

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 11/7/18

A Mechanicsburg man was sentenced to up to 26 years in state prison after being convicted by a jury of a July 2017 home invasion robbery of an apartment in the first block of South Union Street in …

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Man gets up to 26 years for Middletown home invasion

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A Mechanicsburg man was sentenced to up to 26 years in state prison after being convicted by a jury of a July 2017 home invasion robbery of an apartment in the first block of South Union Street in Middletown.

According to arrest papers filed by borough police, Timothy Aaron Schell, now 41, of the first block of West Simpson Street, was standing in the living room of the victim’s apartment when the man came home after work.

Schell pushed the victim to a sofa, held a knife to his throat and demanded money. After taking $380 from the victim and demanding more money, Schell took the man’s cellphone and the keys to his apartment and fled, according to police.

On Aug. 30, a Dauphin County jury convicted Schell on all counts, including robbery, conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, criminal trespass, theft by unlawful taking, terroristic threats, and simple assault.

On Oct. 31, Judge William Tully sentenced Schell to 10 to 20 years in state prison for robbery, with him getting credit for having been in county prison from Aug. 8, 2017, through Oct. 31. Schell was ordered to make restitution to the victim.

Tully also sentenced Schell to 3 to 6 years in state prison for conspiracy to commit burglary.