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Moriah man pleads guilty to robbery

GROVER HILLS - The man accused of holding up the Grover Hills Deli has pleaded guilty.

William H. "Billy" Haran, 30, of Moriah entered guilty pleas in Essex County Court to felony third-degree attempted robbery and misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property March 3.

Haran admitted he went to the Grover Hills Deli in Moriah Oct. 3, 2007, carrying a shotgun he'd stolen from a seasonal camp, and waited for the store to close. When owner Jody Sherman and clerk Casey Perry came out and walked toward their cars, he confronted them and demanded the day's receipts.

When he was recognized, Haran fled without any money.

He was arrested the next day, hiding near the Van Slooten Harbour Marina in Port Henry.

Haran is expected to receive a state prison term when he is sentenced April 14 as a second-felony offender.

County District Attorney Julie Garcia said Haran has a long arrest record, having been arrested about 20 times before he went to state prison in 2006 for fraud.

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