Kerwin L. Matthews, 53, of Gloucester City was sentenced to five years in N.J. state prison after pleading guilty to a second degree charge of robbing the Family Dollar on Gateway Boulevard in Westville as the store was closing on May 28, 2017.
Matthews was accused of approaching a store employee at gunpoint and taking a lunch bag from her that was valued at $10.
Matthews was apprehended the same day. He has been in jail since his arrest.
Superior Court Judge Robert P. Becker sentenced Matthews on September 22, 2017. Matthews reached a plea on August 3, 2017 as a result of negotiations with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office.
Matthews’ co-defendant, Melanie Thomas, 33, also of Gloucester City, remains charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
(Source: Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office)