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Ford Cliff woman gets 5-15 years in prison in robbery attempt

| Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, 12:26 a.m.

KITTANNING — A Ford Cliff woman arrested in January for attempting to rob a Rite Aid Pharmacy was sentenced on Thursday by Judge James Panchik to serve five to 15 years in prison on a charge of robbery with threats of bodily injury.

In September Christine Marie Boylstein, 48, of 717 Orr Ave., pleaded guilty before Panchik to the charge by reason of being mentally ill.

According to court records, on Jan. 23, Boylstein fired a 9 mm Kel-Tec semi-automatic pistol while attempting to rob the Market Street pharmacy of opiates. Police said Boylstein also was acarrying a loaded Taurus 38-caliber revolver.

According to the affidavit:

At about 9:05 a.m., Boylstein entered the store and approached Constance Renee Liu, who was working at the front register. Boylstein held a gun against Liu's side and forced her to walk to the back of the store where pharmacist Beth Paul was working. Boylstein handed Paul a note in which she demanded opiates and threatened to shoot if the alarm was triggered.

Boylstein ordered Liu, Mary Pauline Rice, Sally Ann Mitchell and store patron Carmela Dawn Boyer to lie on the floor. Paul filled a box with about $3,000 worth of opiates, then noticed a man standing in the aisle behind Boylstein. Boylstein became distracted and Paul grabbed her by the arm. The two women grappled, and Boylstein dropped the Taurus revolver and pulled the 9mm Kel-Tec from her pocket. Paul and Boyer began struggling with the robber, and Boylstein fired the pistol, striking a display shelf. Paul, Boyer and Liu wrestled Boylstein to the floor.

When Kittanning Police Chief Ed Cassesse arrived, he disarmed Boylstein and placed her under arrest. There were no injuries reported.

On Thursday, Panchik ordered Boylstein to pay $500 in fines and costs and $155.36 in restitution. She must complete a drug and alcohol evaluation, a mental health evaluation and DNA testing (a statute enacted earlier this year requires that some cases disposed of by the court have DNA testing completed as part of the sentence).

Boylstein was credited with 291 days served.

Statutory sexual assault

In a separate and unrelated case, Tina Marie Peck, of West Sunbury, Butler County, was sentenced on Thursday by Panchik to serve nine to 24 months in the Armstrong County Jail followed by two years probation on a charge of statutory sexual assault, three counts of corruption of minors and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

A jury in September found the 32-year-old guilty of the felony sex charges for an inappropriate relationship she had with a teenage boy.

Peck was accused of having sexual intercourse on three separate occasions two years ago with a 14-year-old boy from Parker, Butler County. The Leader Times does not disclose the identity of sexual assault victims.

On Thursday, Peck was ordered to pay $800 in fines and costs, perform 150 hours of community service, undergo evaluation for sexual offenders and comply with the special conditions for sexual offenders of a minor. She was credited with two days served.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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