Man sentenced in Sonora truck stop robbery

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Hart to serve 10 years in prison

By Sarah Bennett

A Hodgenville man will serve 10 years in prison for his role in a robbery last July at a Sonora truck stop.

Aaron M. Hart, 21, was indicted in September on a charge of first-degree robbery. Per an agreement with the commonwealth, that charge was amended to second-degree robbery.

Hart was arrested July 29 as a suspect in a robbery at the Pilot truck stop in Sonora, according to police.

Nobody was injured during the robbery though Hart possessed a pellet pistol, according to police.

During a formal sentencing Tuesday, Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton said the pellet pistol still could incite fear because the victim is not thinking about what kind of gun is pointed at him or her.

Hart fled the truck stop and was stopped hours later on Interstate 65 when a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer spotted a vehicle matching the suspect’s description, according to police.

Police said Hart failed to comply with the officer’s demands. The officer fired and struck Hart, causing non-life-threatening injuries.

Eastonsentenced Hart to 10 years in prison. At the request of the defense, he said he also would refer Hart to the Department of Corrections’ Substance Abuse Program.

Hart has been lodged since July 30 at the Hardin County Detention Center.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.