Cheap Smokes robber sentenced

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Benjamin Fador, 36, 319 South Main St., appeared Tuesday morning before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John M. Solovan II and pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, a felony of the second degree occurring Jan. 12, 2013. He was sentenced to the state’s recommendation of two years in the penitentiary with credit for time served. Afterward, he will be subject to three years of community controls.

Fador entered an Alford plea, asserting his innocence but admitting sufficient evidence exists for a conviction.

Fador was accused of robbing Bob’s Cheap Smokes in St. Clairsville. Assistant Prosecutor Dan Fry said some money and synthetic marijuana was allegedly stolen. Fador’s charge was amended from one of aggravated robbery with a weapon specification.

No restitution was ordered, since the business is no longer in operation, having been found to be selling synthetic marijuana.

“We have taken action in Belmont County to close down institutions that were selling that product, which has turned out to be a real factor in the increase in crime in Belmont County,” Solovan said.