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Man gets 17-year sentence for Turlock robbery
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A Merced man is prison bound after being convicted for a robbery in Turlock.

Coleman Cherry, 36, was convicted on Tuesday of robbery and sentenced to 17 years in state prison. A prior conviction for robbery in 2006 gave Cherry a strike under California’s Three Strikes Law, which lengthened his prison sentence, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.

On April 26, 2015, Cherry entered the Dollar General store in Turlock. He approached the cashier, who was working alone, with a soda and a $10 bill. When the clerk opened the register to complete the sale, Cherry lunged across the counter and began grabbing cash from the register. He struggled with the cashier over the money before fleeing the scene, according to the district attorney’s office.

Two weeks later, Cherry was identified after he committed a similar offense at a different Dollar General Store in Ceres.