Jeannette couple sentenced in 2016 North Huntingdon armed robbery case |

Jeannette couple sentenced in 2016 North Huntingdon armed robbery case

Rich Cholodofsky

A Jeannette couple pleaded guilty Friday to charges they shot a man during an armed robbery more than two years ago in North Huntingdon.

Romel Crosby and Brittany Kruel, according to police, lured their victim, 32-year-old Ronald Hines Jr. of Penn Township, to an alley in the Westmoreland City section of North Huntingdon on Sept. 11, 2016, where he was beaten and shot in the chest before they took $240 in cash and a cell phone and fled the scene.

Police said Crosby fired the weapon and Kruel stole the cash from Hines.

Crosby, 22, pleaded guilty to robbery, aggravated assault, theft, receiving stolen property and a firearms offense and was sentenced by Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio to serve five to 10 years in prison.

Kruel, 24, pleaded guilty to a similar set of charges and was sentenced to a three-to-six-year prison term.

Prosecutors dismissed charges of attempted murder, reckless endangerment and conspiracy against both Crosby and Kruel.

The couple was arrested without incident shortly after the shooting at Kruel’s aunt’s home in North Huntingdon. Police said they found a blood-stained hoodie worn by Crosby and a red sweatshirt used to identify Kruel in the home. A handgun was discovered hidden inside a wall, and $220 was recovered beneath a mattress in a bedroom, police said. Hines’ telephone was found by a creek near Buckeye Street, where the couple was arrested.

According to court records, Crosby confessed that she shot Hines and that Kruel stole his money.

Rich Cholodofsky is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293 or [email protected]