Women sentenced in plot to rob Citadel coach

Published: Mar. 31, 2011 at 11:59 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 31, 2011 at 10:05 PM EDT
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Breanna Bruster
Breanna Bruster
Sasha Gaskins
Sasha Gaskins

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The two women who plotted to rob a Citadel football coach last year were sentenced on Thursday.

Breanna Bruster received 10 years and Sasha Gaskins 18 years in their part in the robbery. Bruster pleaded guilty to the charges in February. Gaskins was found guilty at the beginning of the month.

Both were students at the College of Charleston when they were arrested.

"I'm angry about this, it has destroyed my life," victim Josh Harpe told a judge Thursday. Harpe asked the judge to deliver a stern sentence.

The Charleston County solicitor called the mother of the rape and home invasion victim to the stand. She said that her daughter had been stripped of her dignity and that the defendants have replaced safety and comfort with fear.

Bruster's attorney, Demal Matson, said that her client wishes to apologize and that she is from a good family, she attended church and wants probation. Matson apologized to the victim and said that Bruster cooperated, never lied, and will continue her education despite going to prison.

Bruster and her mother sat in the courtroom in tears Thursday.

"I cannot apologize enough," Gaskins said to the victims. "I pray you will find it in your heart to forgive me."

Gaskins also said she is sorry to her mom and family.

"God will see me through this," she said.

Her attorney said she is young and was coerced by fear.

Burglary carries a sentence of 15 years to life in prison. Armed robbery ranges from 10 to 30 years.

Stephen Francoise, Reggie Rice and former Citadel quarterback Miguel Starks have already been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

They admitted to robbing and kidnapping their old coach and breaking into the home of a James Island couple.

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