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Ross Stephens Sentenced

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SALISBURY, Md.-Ross Stephens, the man Wicomico County prosecutors call the ringleader in an armed robbery and assault cause from earlier this year, was sentenced Friday.

In May, Stephens and his brother Gavin tied up and held two men at gunpoint in a Fruitland home.

The mood in the courtroom for Ross' sentencing was somber.

"Obviously this was a very tough case and to have two brothers involved is very upsetting to the family, they understand and respect the decision that the court made," said Ross' Stephens attorney John Phoebus.

Ross Stephens was sentenced to 15 years in jail and his brother was sentenced in September to eight years.

"We had asked for it to be the same as what the brother had received but the judge probably took into account I guess  the greater role that Ross Stephens had in the case," Phoebus said.

Phoebus stressed the good parts of his client, like mission trips with his church. But also talked about Ross Stephens' struggle with drugs like marijuana and ecstasy.

"Obviously everyone is hoping the sentences are going to take into account the ability that these kids have to  make the best our of their life," Phoebus said. "And the judge today from the bench said there was potential in Ross Stephens to turn his life around and he'll now have the opportunity to do that."

Both brothers are being recommended for the Patuxent Institute for young offenders in Maryland.

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