Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a 31-year-old Lumberton man pled guilty to robbing a Mount Holly convenience store at gunpoint twice during a three-day period in late 2017.
Under an agreement with the Prosecutor’s Office, Brian J. Bowers will be sentenced to 14 years in state prison in exchange for pleading guilty to two counts of Armed Robbery (First Degree). He must serve 85 percent of the term before becoming eligible for parole.
Bowers must make restitution in the amount of $4,001. The Hon. Gerard H. Breland, J.S.C., took the plea on May 13 and set sentencing for August 2.
The investigation revealed that on the evening of October 17, 2017, Bowers entered the Lucky 7 Deli on Route 38 in Mount Holly wearing a hooded sweatshirt that was pulled tightly around his head and face.
He approached the register, pulled out a silver revolver and demanded money, telling the clerk that he would be killed if he did not comply.
The same scenario was repeated two days later, on October 19, 2017. Bowers, who lives nearby on Marjoran Drive, was arrested without incident in February 2018.
Bowers is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Louis Casadia.
The investigation was conducted by detectives from the Mount Holly Police Department, with assistance from the Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey State Police.