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Plea in robbery attempt results in life sentence
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A man who was arrested for the armed robbery of an Eden convenience store last year has been sentenced to life with parole.

Kevin Shuman entered a guilty plea last week in Effingham County Superior Court in front of Judge John Turner. He also was sentenced to serve 15 years consecutively for an aggravated assault charge, one of nine offenses.

Shuman entered the Octane Food Mart on April 18, 2011, brandishing a knife. He demanded money from the store clerk and according to the indictment, held a knife to the clerk’s torso, threatening to "gut him."

After taking an undisclosed amount of money, Shuman was confronted by a bystander, who attempted to detain him. A deputy, who had been directing traffic at Sand Hill Road and Highway 80 as utility workers replaced a pole damaged in an earlier traffic accident, saw the altercation from across the street.

The deputy pursued Shuman, who was apprehended behind the store. Shuman was subdued by a taser and also was charged with threatening the bystander and the deputy with the knife.

Shuman was charged with armed robbery, burglary, four counts of aggravated assault, one count of possession of a knife during the commission of a felony, theft by receiving stolen property and obstruction of officer.

He received a sentence of 20 years for the burglary charge, to run concurrently with the armed robbery prison term. He also was sentenced to two more 20-year concurrent terms for aggravated assault, and one aggravated assault charge was merged with the others.

Shuman also received five years to serve consecutively with the 15-year term, and a 10-year sentence to run concurrently, giving him life with parole plus 20 years.

Sandra Heath, who was with Shuman, was sentenced to 10 years for theft by receiving stolen property.

When Shuman got into altercation with the store customer and the deputy, Heath, who was across the street, fled.

Authorities said the car used in the robbery attempt had been reported as a stolen vehicle out of Pooler.