Cass County laundromat robber gets 12 yearsPublished 12:04pm Friday, February 1, 2013
CASSOPOLIS — An Elkhart man who terrified a clerk during the armed robbery of a Cass County laundromat and later led police on a high-speed chase is going to spend the next decade in prison.
“It is a sad day for you,” said Cass County Circuit Court Judge Michael Dodge before sentencing 37-year-old Edward Wing to just shy of 12 years in prison Friday morning.
Wing pleaded guilty in December to armed robbery and several other charges stemming from his hold-up of the Hilltop Laundry on US-12 in Cass County Sept. 18.
Wing entered the laundry and demanded the clerk to open a register because he had a gun. In reality, the court heard, Wing didn’t really have a gun — he just stuck his hand in his sweatshirt to simulate one.
After taking $410 and eight cartons of cigarettes, Wing led police on a high-speed chase that ended in a cornfield.
Dodge sentenced Wing to 135 months in prison on the armed robbery charge.
Wing was also sentenced Friday to seven months for spitting in the face of a correctional officer at the Cass County Jail on Oct. 7. Wing also destroyed a security camera at the jail.
“I ain’t a bad person your honor,” Wing said prior to being sentenced.
The 135-month and seven-month sentences are to be served back-to-back.
Wing will likely spend even more time in prison as he is still facing a bank robbery charge out of Elkhart, Ind., according to Assistant Prosecutor Kirk Metzger.