Man sentenced to 178-416 years for attempted murder and robberies

- A man has been sentenced to 178-416 years in connection with four attempted murders and a string of robberies.

Amin Ackridge was sentenced Monday following a jury trial. Ackridge was found guilty of all charges including four counts of attempted murder, six counts of robbery, conspiracy, aggravated assault, and related weapons charges.

According to investigators, on June 6, 2015, Ackridge  approached and robbed two unarmed men on Gransback Street. Police say during the course of the robbery, a neighbor came out to help when the suspect shot him, paralyzing him for life from the waist down.

Investigators say a second robbery happened on June 25 when the victim was walking to the train station to give his wife fare money. The defendant and his co-defendant pulled up alongside the victim, robbed, and shot the victim, according to police.

A third robbery happened on June 26 on the 1800 block of Van Pelt St. Authorities say the suspect approached the victim, robbed him, and shot him point blank in the chest.

Police say a final robbery happened on Emerald St. on July 21st. The victim and a neighbor were talking on the street when the defendant robbed the complainant and then shot him twice in the back, according to police.

Several of the victims spoke at the sentencing and expressed how the horrific crimes had affected their lives. One victim, who could not attend, was able to submit testimony via video. 

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