Ex-OC man pleads guilty in 2021 Spanky’s robbery

From staff reports

A former Oil City resident pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to 96 months in prison on his conviction of Hobbs Act robbery and violating federal firearms laws in the October 2021 robbery of Spanky’s Tobacco World in Cranberry Township, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to information presented to the court, on or about Oct. 14, 2021, Mark Daniel Fenstermaker, now age 39, committed the robbery and used or carried a firearm that was brandished in furtherance of the robbery, the Department of Justice said in its news release.

According to information received in 2021 from state police in Franklin, the Spanky’s Tobacco World that was robbed is located on Riverside Drive in Cranberry.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Sellers prosecuted the case on behalf of the government, the Department of Justice said.

U.S. Attorney Eric G. Olshan commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; state police; Oil City police; and the Venango County District Attorney’s Office for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution, the Department of Justice said. The case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence.