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A prison inmate was transported to Linn County and arraigned on two instances of robbery during a court hearing on Wednesday.

Corey Brandon Ford, 26, of Sweet Home, was charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and second-degree theft.

One of the robberies occurred on Nov. 18 at Spoleto’s Pizzeria & Wine Shop in Sweet Home. Ford allegedly threatened an employee and took $100 or more from a cash register.

In a separate instance, Ford allegedly robbed another man this winter.

Judge Fay Stetz-Waters set Ford’s bail at $100,000 in the case.

He was scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing in the case on March 28.

Court paperwork indicates that Ford is currently an inmate at the Oregon State Correctional Institution.

In January, Ford pleaded no contest to two counts of identity theft in Linn County Circuit Court and was sentenced to more than two years in prison. 

He also pleaded guilty in another case to felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and recklessly endangering another person, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 30 days in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections.

In that case, early Christmas morning, Ford led police on a 14-mile chase from Lebanon to Albany, exceeding 100 mph. His vehicle was spike-stripped, and he reportedly fled on foot to an apartment complex, where he was tracked by a police dog. Authorities said he was found hiding under a car.

Kyle Odegard


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