Man pleads guilty to robbing 2 businesses

Posted Feb. 02, 2010, at 9:37 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Fairfield man pleaded guilty Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to robbing an Old Town tanning salon and a Brewer doughnut shop last fall.

The sentencing for Alex Gerald, 22, has not been set.

Michael Roberts, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said Monday that he would recommend that Gerald be sentenced to eight years in prison with all but 2½ years suspended and two years of probation for the September robberies. He also could be ordered to pay restitution.

The maximum sentence for robbery is 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

By pleading guilty, Gerald admitted that on Sept. 21 and Sept. 23 he robbed at gunpoint Sun Tan City in Old Town and Dunkin’ Donuts on Wilson Street in Brewer, respectively. From both robberies, Gerald netted less than $1,000, according to previously published reports in the Bangor Daily News.

Gerald was arrested on Sept. 24 after he was spotted in the drive-through lane of a fast-food restaurant in Brewer. He told police he robbed the businesses to feed his oxycodone addiction.

He also is facing theft charges in Kennebec and Somerset counties, his attorney, William Bart of Bangor, said Monday. Those cases are expected to be consolidated with the Penobscot County case for sentencing, Bart said. Information about those thefts was not available Tuesday.

Gerald remains at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail set at $10,000 cash or $50,000 surety. The time he spends there will be credited toward his prison term.

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