Cromwell resident Nicholas Vinci, 18, who was arrested last April for the armed robbery of two University students, pled guilty on all charges in court last Friday. Vinci had been charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary, and first-degree unlawful restraint. Judge Susan Handy of the Middlesex Superior Court sentenced Vinci to serve five years in prison, followed by three years of probation. According to the Middletown Press, the maximum sentence for these three felonies was 35 years in prison and $30,000 in fines. Vinci was also made to pay $7,358.70 in restitution. Vinci had previously been charged as a youthful offender.
The armed robbery took place last April, when two University students let Vinci into the Nicolson dorms allegedly as part of a drug deal. After reportedly forcing the students to bind themselves with duct tape, Vinci then stole several items from the room, including a laptop, cell phones, a digital camera, marijuana, and $400.
As a part of the ruling, Vinci was also required to attend counseling and was prohibited from communicating with either of the two University students involved in the incident.