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Toy gun robber gets 4 years for pencil attack

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A 37-year-old Oakland woman was sentenced today in San Mateo County Superior Court to five years in prison after stabbing a female correctional officer with a pencil during an escape attempt from the Redwood City women's jail in February.

Michelle Denise Robinson had been in custody for robbing a Daly City Chevron gas station at toy-gun-point in January, later claiming she was “high on crack and low on sleep,” Superior Court Judge John Grandsaert said this morning.

The gas station clerk thought the gun was real and Robinson made off with $1,500, but when she was arrested, the gun was found to be fake, according to Deputy District Attorney Sarah Boxer.

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On Feb. 4 at the Women's Correctional Center, Robison attacked San Mateo County sheriff's Deputy Samia Khoury as she was being taken back to her cell from the facility's shower area, according to Boxer. Before entering her cell, Robinson reportedly grabbed Khoury's head and hair and then threatened her, telling her to be quiet or she would choke and stab her, the district attorney's office reported. She then tried to take Khoury's set of cell keys and radio.

During the fray, Robinson stabbed Khoury two times in the cheek with a pencil. Other officers were eventually able to restrain Robinson. Khoury had to be hospitalized and still suffers chronic pain from two ruptured disks in her neck, Grandsaert said.

According to Grandsaert, Robinson claimed she was angry at the deputy “because of comments she had made,” he said.

Robinson pleaded no contest in August to felony assault on a custodial officer and to felony robbery.

Defense attorney Harvey Mittler asked for probation for his client this morning, saying she suffered from drug and alcohol addictions, as well as severe depression and a bipolar disorder for which she is now receiving medication.

“She is no longer hearing voices,” Mittler said. “She feels very sorry for what happened to thedeputy.”

“The defendant is clearly a danger,” Grandsaert concluded, calling her behavior “completely reprehensible.”

Robinson was sentenced to four years in state prison for the pencil attack, plus one year for the robbery, but will receive about a year's worth of credit for time already served.

— Bay City News



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