Lancaster man faces life sentence for convenience store robbery

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A 24-year-old Lancaster man is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison for the armed robbery of a Turkey Hill store last January.

Joshua Matthew Ortiz was charged by federal prosecutors Tuesday with robbery which interferes with interstate commerce, using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, and with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Authorities say that on January 29, Ortiz used a gun to rob the Turkey Hill Minit Market in the 400 block of East Chestnut Street.

If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison. He also faces a possible fine, five years of supervised release and a $300 special assessment.

Ortiz was previously wanted for a burglary on October 29 in Lancaster.

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