Rockland woman given credit for time served for robbery, assault

By Juliette Laaka | Jan 21, 2014
Ashley Adams

Rockland — A 23-year-old Rockland woman was sentenced to five months in jail after she pleaded guilty Jan. 21 to multiple charges from August when she stole a sandwich from a convenience store, punched bystanders, and attempted to thwart her arrest by threatening officers with a knife.

Ashley Adams, 23, is charged with robbery, criminal threatening, refusing to submit to arrest, and two felony counts of assault.

The sentenced imposed by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm was five years in prison with all but five months suspended. Adams had been incarcerated at the Knox County Jail since August and was granted credit for time served. She has now been released from jail.

The night of Aug 10, Adams stole a sandwich from the Mobil gas station at 191 Park St. When Adams was confronted by a female clerk about the theft, Adams punched her in the face. Adams then fled the store, where a man was outside holding a drink. Adams attacked the man, punched him, and threw his drink on the ground, said Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower.

The clerk inside the store called police and Adams was stopped near Napa Auto Parts on Park Street. When confronted by Sgt. Tony Camporiale and Office Andrew Redden, Adams brandished a 5-inch long knife and ignored multiple orders to disarm herself. Officers used pepper spray in an attempt to subdue her. Tower said the spray had little effect on her and she continued to guard herself with the knife.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Baroody said at the time of the incident, Adams was not taking medications prescribed to her.

Officers then used a Taser, which debilitated her and allowed them to take her into custody.

One officer had his gun drawn, said court documents.

Hjelm told Adams whether she is successful and is a good citizen is up to her. Adams said she is going to take it day by day and follow the terms of her probation. Her defense attorney Jonathan Handleman said Adams has improved markedly.

Adams will be subject to three years on probation.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at

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