Man sentenced to 28 years for Muldoon hardware store robbery

Published: Oct. 13, 2017 at 11:55 AM AKDT
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A superior court judge handed down a hefty sentence in court on Friday, stemming back to a

William Travis McCann, 45, will serve 28 years in prison, after pleading guilty to robbery, assault, and misconduct with a weapon.

In the summer, McCann was dropped off outside of Andy's Ace Hardware in Muldoon. He entered the store, wearing a mask, and wielding a Taurus .357 revolver. He then used the gun to demand money from a cash register, shooting several bullets into the machine.

According to court documents, he left with $628 in cash. But just as he had left the building, an employee of Andy's Ace Hardware, identified as Michael Hadley, followed McCann outside and shot him twice as he attempted to flee in the Bronco that dropped him off. He then initiated an arrest, using security grade handcuffs. Police arrived shortly later.

Between "40 and 50 customers" saw the event happen, prosecutors say. For the offenses, McCann pleads guilty to, judge Michael Corey sentenced McCann to the maximum allowed.

"In sentencing McCann," prosecutors wrote in a news release Friday, "Judge Corey noted that isolation and community condemnation of McCann’s conduct were the primary sentencing goals."