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Jail Time for Cable-Access Crooks

12/22/2005 6:02 AM Eastern

Viewers who tuned into a shopping program in Arkansas in August got a crime drama instead.

Eddie Junior Crisp, 24, of Fort Smith, Ark., and Timothy Dewayne Suggs, 23, of Pine Bluff, Ark., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery in charges connected to the Aug. 5 incident, AP reported.

The two men were each charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, but prosecutors dropped the weapons charges against both defendants Wednesday under a plea agreement, and one of the robbery charges against Crisp was also dropped, according to AP.

Crisp was sentenced to five years in prison plus 15 years suspended, while Suggs received 20 years in prison plus 10 years suspended, AP reported.

On Aug. 5, viewers of local cable-access program Shopping Mania called police as they watched the men on television trying to rob employees of the show, AP reported.

Viewers told police they saw one man pull a gun on the employees and demand keys to a car. When police arrived, the two suspects fled, but police caught up with them, according to AP.

"They were having a live show," police spokesman Sgt. Jarrard Copeland told AP. "One entered the business with his face covered."

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