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Man sentenced for robbing Hillyard store

A man who robbed a Hillyard convenience store at knife point in June has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison.

Gary Lee George, 42, will be credited for time served at the Spokane County Jail, where he's been since his arrest on June 13, two days after he robbed the M & K Market at 4619 N. Market St.

A Spokane police K-9 was unable to locate a suspect the night of the robbery but indicated he may have been around an abandoned garage in the 3000 block of East Heroy Avenue.

Officer Adam Valdez was patrolling the same area on June 13 when he saw George digging through the trash and realized he matched the same physical description of the robber.

George said he'd been inside the garage earlier, and police discovered clothing worn by the robber inside, as well as George's wallet and a bag of methamphetamine. Valdez also found a black nylon bag under a tree behind the garage that contained a mask, gloves and knife used in the robbery.

George has felony convictions for second-degree theft, domestic violence assault, second-degree attempted burglary in Spokane County as well as convictions for first-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell in Los Angeles County.

In addition to 77 months in prison, George is required to pay $200 restitution.

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