Judge Jean C. Logue of Circuit Court, Division II, sentenced a man to 12 years total in prison for multiple robberies.

William J. Hacker, 35, unknown address, was ordered to 10 years for first-degree robbery, 10 years for second-degree robbery (two of which are to be consecutive to first-degree robbery sentence), 10 years for first-degree attempted robbery (to be served concurrently) and a charge of theft by unlawful taking was dismissed, according to court paperwork.

According to a previous article, Hacker was charged with attempting to rob one and then robbing another Richmond store on Sept. 25, 2016, and robbing a store in Berea the following day.

In all three cases, the robber gave notes to cashiers, brandished a handgun and told the store employees to open their registers and step aside, the article states. Nothing was taken from the Dollar General Store off the Martin Bypass on Sept. 25.

Police reports state the robber wrote a note that was handed to a cashier after a customer left the store.

"Empty the register very quietly and smoothly," it stated.

The suspect then brandished a silver handgun that had been concealed in his front waistband. A moment later, however, the suspect said, "Just kidding," and left. Less than 20 minutes later, however, the robber was no longer "just kidding."

Police believed the same robber cleared out the cash register at the Irvine Road Dollar General store, handing a cashier a note telling him to "keep quiet and open the register."

Surveillance video shows the suspect then displayed what appears to be a handgun, before removing an undisclosed amount of money from the register.

The Berea store was robbed the following evening in a similar manner.

No one was injured in any of the incidents.

Hacker was arrested in London two days later after robbing a Clay County store. After the robbery, Hacker was pursued by officers into Laurel County where he was captured.

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A Paint Lick man previously arrested by Berea police after he was caught with his pants down looking inside McDonald's play area where three minor children were playing was sentenced to five years.

In a previous Register crime report, Ty Embry, 53, was originally charged with first-degree indecent exposure and first-degree disorderly conduct.

Embry was later charged with three additional counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor under 12. It was determined Embry engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior in front of several small children, according to a press release from the Berea Police Department.

According to court paperwork, Embry was sentenced to five years each on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor younger than 12, and the three counts will be served concurrently.

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Also sentenced on Feb. 21 in Circuit Court, Division II were:

• Joseph Combs, 34, Ballard Drive, Richmond, seven years for first-degree controlled substance trafficking (2 grams or more of methamphetamine) 90 days for second-degree controlled substance possession (drug unspecified) and 90 days for buying/possessing drug paraphernalia. One charge, first-degree persistent felony offender, was dismissed.

• Ricky Cunliffe, 34, Waco, three years for first-degree controlled substance trafficking (less than 2 grams methamphetamine), 12 months for theft by unlawful taking (less than $500), 12 months for second-degree criminal mischief, 12 months for possession of burglary tools and 12 months for buying/possessing drug paraphernalia. Two charges, third-degree criminal trespassing and second-degree persistent felony offender, were dismissed.

• Michael Hatton, 38, Irvine, five years for receiving stolen property (less than $10,000) and five years for theft by deception (less than $10,000), to be served concurrently. One charge, first-degree persistent felony offender, was dismissed.

• Cynthia Tolbert, 52, Pulaski, Virginia, seven years for theft by unlawful taking ($10,000 or more, but less than $1,000,000). She was also ordered to pay restitution.

• Kalob Paul, 22, Nicholasville, five years for third-degree burglary and 12 months for complicity to fourth-degree assault. He received credit for 15 days already served, and the sentence was diverted for two years of supervised probation.

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