2009-03-26 / Local & State

Purse-Snatcher Sentenced In Cell Phone Ransom Case

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A purse-snatcher who demanded $185,000 in ransom to return his victim's cell phone - but agreed to settle for $200 - has been sentenced to prison in central Pennsylvania.

Police arrested Randy-Jay Jones in Lancaster in October 2007 after the victim negotiated the lower price and arranged to meet him.

Police say Jones had grabbed the woman as she exited her car and started fondling her. The woman broke away but Jones took her purse.

Jones was later convicted of robbery and indecent assault. On Friday, he was sentenced to 17 to 23 months in prison.

Jones did not tell police why he asked for so much money. A defense attorney says Jones was drunk at the time.

Jones apologized to the victim and her family.

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