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Pizza delivery robber gets 12 years

ELYRIA — An Elyria man involved in the pistol whipping and robbery of a pizza delivery driver was sentenced this week to 12 years in prison.

Michael Moore pleaded guilty last month to aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence and other charges in connection with the Feb. 23 attack on Marco’s Pizza driver Steve Whitely, who is the nephew of Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely.

Police reported that Moore used his phone to order pizza and then he and two others attacked the driver in the lobby of a Fourth Street apartment building. Whitely was struck with a pistol when he tried to stop the men from stealing his cell phone.

Moore, 21, and Andre Hopper, his 21-year-old co-defendant, were arrested a short time later, while the third man involved in the attack escaped and has not been arrested. Hopper is awaiting trial.

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