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Pair Convicted of Targeted Robbery

Two Monmouth County men await July 26 sentencing for trailing and robbing an Ocean Township woman in 2008.

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Virgil Baldwin, 39, of Asbury Park, and Robert King, 37, of Keansburg, were each convicted Wednesday on one second-degree count of robbery after a seven-day trial in Freehold.

According to Monmouth County Acting Prosecutor Chris Grammiccioni’s office, testimony depicted Baldwin and King tracking the victim through several towns before she arrived at her Oakhurst home on November 29 of that year.

Baldwin was accused of attacking her and taking her keys and purse from the car’s back seat.

A young witness told investigators that he heard a scream and saw Baldwin leap into a car driven by King. They were apprehended less than a half-hour by a Long Branch officer after dispatchers issued a description of their dark two-door Saturn as described by the neighbor.

Baldwin could be given up to 20 years and required to serve 85 percent of it before parole eligibility. King faces five to 20 years behind bars, and the sentencing judge will have leeway to authorize serving at least 85 percent before parole consideration.

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