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Man pleads guilty in robbery of cab driver in Reading

Guilty plea in taxi robbery

READING, Pa. - Reading Metro Taxi driver Ralph Valetta pleaded for his life while Victor Martinez-Herrera held a gun to his head in March.

Martinez-Herrera, 19, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.

"I am glad it's all over now, but I wish it would have never happened in the first place," said Kurt Stricker, the president of Reading Metro Taxi.

Stricker added he's relieved that Martinez-Herrera is off the streets.

"It's a shame, because he's an 18-year-old kid and he had a lot of life to live, you know, and not have to spend five years in prison or maybe even 10 years. 

The robbery happened at North 10th and Buttonwood streets, and a Berks County deputy sheriff happened to be close by and saved Valetta before he could be hurt.

Martinez-Herrera used a pellet gun to stick up the driver, who had about only $11 on him at the time.

The company said it hasn't had any robberies since video of the robbery surfaced, and it hopes to keep it that way.


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