Michael Durden
Michael Durden

A convicted robber who violated a fundamental criminal tenet -- never return to the scene of the crime -- must spend at least 11 years in state prison.

Michael T. Durden, 44, formerly of North Pershing Avenue in York City, was convicted of holding up the Dollar General store in Manchester Township at gunpoint about 8:50 p.m. Oct. 26, 2012.

He made off with $3,000 after showing employees he had a gun, then tying them up with shoelaces and putting them in the store's bathroom, according to court records.

The punishment: On Monday, Common Pleas Judge Michael E. Bortner sentenced Durden to a total of 11 to 22 years in prison -- seven to 14 years for the robbery plus four to eight years for being a previously convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm.

Defense attorney Seamus Dubbs said the man who robbed the 1500 N. George St. store had a gun in his waistband, but never pulled it out or pointed it at anyone.

Durden maintains his innocence and will appeal, his attorney said.

Recognized: The case came together Dec. 22 when Durden walked back into the Dollar General to shop, Lt. David Lash has said.

One of the store employees who was tied up during the robbery recognized him and called 911, then got Durden's license-plate number for police, according to the lieutenant.

Dubbs said DNA results are pending on the shoelaces used to bind the two employees, and said they could become part of the appeal case if it's determined the robber's DNA is on the laces but doesn't match Durden's.


-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.