MAYS LANDING – A Camden man was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for the armed robbery of an Egg Harbor Township woman who said the August 2009 incident "changed me forever, and not for the better."
Tony Burnham, 27, was convicted in April of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and robbery by force. He was found not guilty of armed robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.
The woman, whose name was withheld, was getting out of her vehicle at about 8:30 a.m. Aug. 4, 2009, when two masked men approached her, one pointing a gun in her face. Her purse, cell phone and briefcase were taken.
The woman said in court Friday that, when she screamed, she was assaulted verbally and then punched in the jaw.
The woman still has a scar, she told Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury.
But the scars aren't just physical. She said she has lost friends -- and almost her marriage -- due to the effects of the attack.
Burnham said he felt for the woman, but maintained his innocence and said that he and his family are also victims.
DeLury, however, said there was substantial evidence linking Burnham to the crime, including video surveillance.
Burnham and Dashand Chase, 23, also of Camden, were charged with the crime in October 2009. Both were tried last September, but only Chase was convicted. The jurors could not decide on Burnham's guilt. The second trial resulted in a split decision on the four charges.
He must serve at lease 85 percent of the sentence, or five years, 11 months, before he is eligible for parole.