A Paterson man accused of robbing numerous grocery stores in the city is now going to prison after he pleaded guilty to criminal charges for armed robbery.
The suspect is a 27-year-old resident of Paterson, New Jersey. He used a 9mm handgun to hold up grocery stores located throughout Paterson in November 2012. While committing the theft offenses, the suspect brandished the firearm and threatened store workers.
The suspect was apprehended by police and charged with numerous crimes, including seven counts of armed robbery and unlawful possession of a handgun.
While the charges were pending, the suspect tampered with a juror and also threatened the dad of his co-defendant. This led to prosecutors filing additional criminal charges for jury tampering and terroristic threats.
The suspect was able to avoid trial in the case by reaching a plea deal with Passaic County NJ prosecutors.
In June 2017, the suspect will have to appear in Passaic County Superior Court so that a judge can approve his plea agreement. It is expected that prosecutors will recommend that the suspect be sentenced to a term of incarceration of 20 years in NJ State Prison.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Robber Admits He Terrorized Grocery Stores in North Jersey City.”