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Man Convicted Of String Of Violent Robberies Receives Massive Sentence - Up To 416 Years

31-year-old Amin ‘Mac' Ackridge was sentenced to 178 to 416 years in prison after being found guilty of shooting and seriously injuring four people in a number of separate robberies. The man, who was born in Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia, worked with getaway driver Frank Oliver III, 27, robbing a number of different people during a brief ‘crime spree’ that occurred in North Philadelphia and Kensington.

Mr. Ackridge, dubbed by prosecutors as the “ruthless robber” and supposedly a known heroin addict, has been found guilty of four counts of attempted murder, six counts of robbery, conspiracy, aggravated assault and weapons charges related to the violent stick-ups. Mr. Ackridge’s crimes began in 2015, with the 31-year-old man approaching and robbing two men on Gransback street, Philadelphia. When another man, known as Robert T. Gotwalt, attempted to intervene, Mr. Ackridge shot him, paralyzing him from the waist down for life.

Mr. Ackridge’s crimes did not stop there, with Mr. Ackridge attacking, robbing and shooting a man who was walking to the train station to give his wife some fare money. Mr. Ackridge’s next two victims were both robbed and shot during each incident, with one occurring on the 1800 block of Van Pelt Street and the other on Emerald Street where the victim was talking to a neighbor when he was set upon. Thankfully, no one was killed during these robberies.

Mr. Oliver, Mr. Ackridge’s getaway driver, has been identified as the grandson of former state representative, Frank L. Oliver of West Philadelphia. The getaway driver, formerly a judicial aide at the Criminal Justice Center, pleaded guilty to robbery, assault, and gun charges. Mr. Oliver was taken into custody after police pulled him over and discovered a 9mm semiautomatic pistol with bullets matching some empty shell casings found at the shooting scenes. Mr. Oliver also testified against Mr. Ackridge and was sentenced to three to six years in prison, as well as a 15-year probation period.

While Mr. Oliver did not match the physical description of the shooter, his cellphone records revealed his connection to Mr. Ackridge, which then lead to his arrest. Mr. Oliver apologized to his family and to Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffery P. Minehart for his behavior and is supposed to be housed in a prison outside of Philadelphia due to threats made against him. Mr. Oliver’s grandfather, now 95, was in attendance at his grandson’s trial; however, he did not make any comment regarding his grandson’s crimes.

Mr. Ackridge was arrested in Wilmington as he was, allegedly, about to commit yet another robbery. It is said that Mr. Ackridge, who has been previously sentenced to jail time for another robbery, did not react to the life-long verdict.

A jury of nine women and three men heard around seven days of evidence and emotional testimonies from the victims of Mr. Ackridge’s and Mr. Oliver’s robberies. Despite the overwhelming evidence, deliberations still lasted 10 hours before a guilty verdict was determined.

Source: 6ABC, Philly.com
Photo: 6ABC Screenshot

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