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Man rejects plea deal in robbery cases

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 11:27 PM

HUNTINGTON — A Huntington man accused in two robberies this year rejected a plea deal Friday, which would have resolved charges in both cases.


Duane Scott Maynard, 26, is charged with first-degree robbery in the Jan. 9 assault of a Marshall University medical student, and second-degree robbery in a June 13 incident that victimized a woman at a grocery store near 7th Avenue and 1st Street.


Assistant prosecutor Jara Howard said her office had extended the offer of a conviction in the January case in exchange for a dismissal of the June charge. The arrangement would have netted a 40-year prison sentence.


Maynard rejected the offer Friday before Cabell Circuit Judge Alfred Ferguson, Howard said. She now plans to proceed with an indictment later this year.


State law provides for a possible sentence of 15 years to life should prosecutors secure a conviction in both cases.


The medical student was assaulted Jan. 9 in the 1300 block of 15th Street as she walked home from class at the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center.


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