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Woman gets one year for accessory to robbery


Published:   |   Updated: May 30, 2013 at 09:05 AM

BROOKSVILLE - One year after a man in a blue dress robbed the Marathon Gas Station in Brooksville, a woman pleaded no contest as an accessory to the crime.

Last Friday, Judge Daniel Merritt Jr. sentenced Sakina Liles, 37, to one year and one day in prison as an accessory after the fact of a first-degree or life felony.

Merritt accepted the plea deal, which specifies Liles must cooperate in an investigation against the alleged robber, Lynval Chambers, according to Assistant State Attorney Matthew Pila.

Broward County Sheriff records show Chambers, 20, was arrested on May 15, and is being held on $50,000 bond for Hernando County on charges of armed robbery.

Court documents show that on the evening of May 17, 2012, a black male wearing a blue dress and wig and carrying a purse entered the Marathon Gas Station at 600 E. Jefferson St. in Brooksville. The man, believed to be Chambers, took a drink from the cooler to the store's counter, reached in his purse and took out a "large frame revolver," demanding money.

Chambers fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, and a K-9 team tracked him to Hillside Estates.

An anonymous phone call directed police to check a Union Street residence belonging to Liles for Chambers.

Liles told law enforcement that Chambers was her son, calling him "Brandon Chambers" and creating an alibi for him at the time of the robbery.

Police later learned Chambers was Liles' boyfriend, not her son.

In June 2012, Liles admitted she misled detectives when she said Chambers was her son, and that the woman's clothing worn during the robbery belonged to her.

Liles also said she spent cash from the robbery and gave the robbery clothing and wig to her sister to dispose.

Liles was picked up in April in Jacksonville for the offense, according to jail booking records.

Last May, Brooksville Police arrested Quan-Tai Mason, 22, on robbery charges. Mason spent about two weeks in the Hernando County Jail until the State Attorney's Office dropped the charges against him.

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