A Roxbury New Jersey man was sentenced to a 7-year prison term for committing a number of robberies during a four-day crime spree in 2014.
The 23-year-old defendant, who lived in the Succasunna section of Roxbury, NJ, robbed three local businesses between March 31 and April 3, 2014.
The first robbery took place at the Harmon Discount located on Route 10 in Roxbury Township. The defendant entered the store, approached the cashier and handed him a note demanding money. When the store employee refused to give him any cash, the defendant ran out of the building.
A couple of days later, the defendant rode a bicycle to a local Fuel 10 gas station, also located on Route 10 in Roxbury Township, NJ. The defendant approached a gas station attendant in a booth and demanded cash. Although the defendant was armed with a knife during the attempted theft, he could not gain access to the attendant inside the booth. Once again, the defendant left the scene without getting any money.
The following day, the defendant finally completed a successful robbery attempt. The defendant entered the Wells Fargo bank located on Route 10 in the Succasunna section of Roxbury. He then walked up to a bank teller and handed him a note explicitly demanding money. The note also indicated that the defendant was armed with a handgun. Once the defendant got roughly $1,000 in cash from the bank employee, he fled the bank.
Local police later identified and captured the defendant. He was subsequently charged with multiple counts of robbery.
In June 2015, the defendant pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery. Now he has finally been sentenced for his crimes. He will be required to serve the next 7 years in NJ State Prison.
If the defendant had fought the charges and gone to trial, he could have been sentenced to as many as 20 years in prison. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1 classifies armed robbery as a first degree criminal offense. A conviction for first degree armed robbery would have subjected the defendant to a potential sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Succasunna Man Sentenced in Series of Failed, Completed Robberies.”