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Man who doused worker with gasoline pleads guilty

October 6, 2015

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A Lowell man who doused a convenience store clerk with gasoline and showed a lighter while threatening to set the man on fire has been sentenced to up to six years in prison.

The Sun (http://bit.ly/1KXIxQ1) reports that 30-year-old John Soiles was sentenced to five to six years behind bars and three years of probation after pleading guilty to masked armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Prosecutors say on Jan. 4, Soiles walked into Jerry’s Food Store carrying a small bottle filled with gasoline, threw some gas on the worker and showed a cigarette lighter.

The man demanded money and fled with $800 to $900.

The clerk was not hurt.

Police were led to Soiles after releasing surveillance images of the robbery that generated several tips.

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