A Meadville-area man entered a guilty plea Thursday to a charge of conspiracy, and is expected to testify against a second suspect in the cases of a string of three late-night bar robberies in July, 2012.
In a plea bargain in Crawford County Court, 45 year-old Harry Boyer had two other conspiracy charges, three counts of robbery, and charges of theft by unlawful taking and attempted theft by unlawful taking against him dismissed.
Boyer and a neighbor, 37 year-old Michael Ferguson are accused in the armed robberies of bars in the Cochranton, Saegertown and Venango areas on consecutive weekends last July. Investigators say Ferguson would enter a bar, fire a shot into the ceiling and demand money. He was allegedly successful in two robbery attempts, and was reportedly stymied by a bar customer in another.
Boyer has claimed that he was coerced into the robberies through threats by Ferguson, and that he had simply served as the driver in at least one of the incidents.
Ferguson is expected to stand trial in September.