A Seymour man will be sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday, June 11, to robbing a Shelton bank and an Oxford gas station last year.
Michael Mangiafico, 38, pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine to charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery before Judge Peter Brown.
A plea made under the Alford doctrine means Mangiafico did not admit to all of the allegations, but conceded the state had enough evidence to convict if the case went to trial.
State’s Attorney Margaret Kelley said Mangiafico robbed a Mobil gas station at 1 Oxford Road in Oxford about 6:13 p.m. Sept. 30, 2018.
Mangiafico went up to the store’s counter and put his hand in his jacket as if he was about to “cross-draw” a gun — but didn’t actually display a weapon, Kelley said.
“Everything in the register,” Mangiafico said before making off with cash and cigarettes to a getaway vehicle he had parked behind the nearby Sikorsky Credit Union.
Mangiafico then hit the Key Bank at 704 Bridgeport Ave. in Shelton Oct. 15.
Kelley said Mangiafico walked into the bank and handed a note to a teller demanding money.
“Don’t scream, I have a weapon,” the teller quoted Mangiafico as saying.
She then handed over $6,350 and Mangiafico fled on foot.
Shelton police posted surveillance photos from the stickup, and a day later received a tip from a person who had recognized Mangiafico as the suspect, Kelley said. Cops then arrested him in Seymour.
Under the terms of a plea offer from the judge, Mangiafico will receive a 15-year prison sentence to be suspended after five years, followed by five years of probation.
Mangiafico has been behind bars since his arrest last October. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 13.