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Man sentenced for his role in North Side Swap Meet robbery, shootout with police

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 1:15 p.m.

A Garfield man will spend three years and nine months in prison for the Sept. 15, 2010, robbery of a North Side business that was distributing marijuana, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Kevin Allison, 22, pleaded guilty in January to marijuana trafficking, committing a robbery that interfered with interstate commerce and use of a firearm in committing a violent crime.

He is one of seven men indicted for the robbery of the Swap Meet on Brighton Road that led to a shootout with police and the injury of a police officer struck by a getaway van. Police recovered pounds of marijuana inside the flea market and characterized it as a front for drug dealing.

U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti also sentenced Allison to five years of probation and ordered him to pay $900 in restitution.

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