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Associated Press, Published April 02 2013

Mandan man gets 18 months for pepper spray robbery

BISMARCK — A 24-year-old Mandan man will spend 18 months in prison for pepper spraying a man and stealing his wallet.

Zachary Schilling was given a four-year sentence for robbery Monday with all but 18 months suspended. South Central District Judge Sonna Anderson also gave Schilling three years of supervised probation and ordered him to repay $420 in restitution.

Police say a 59-year-old Mandan man was walking out of the Moose Club on June 17 when someone came up from behind him, sprayed pepper spray in his face and took his wallet. The robber pulled the wallet off a chain.

Schilling's attorney, Tom Glass, asked for a suspended sentence and community service, saying Schilling had no criminal history and is trying to straighten out his life.