Brockton Man Sentenced To Up To A Decade in Prison for Attleboro Armed Robbery Conviction

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney

Press Release
February 12, 2016

District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced that a 22-year-old Brockton man was sentenced to serve eight to ten years in state prison this morning after being convicted at trial last week of a 2013 armed robbery in Attleboro.

After a trial held in Fall River Superior Court early last week, Jerry Anitus was convicted of armed robbery with a firearm while masked and assault with a dangerous weapon. On August 27, 2013, the defendant entered Seabra’s Market in Attleboro just before the store’s 9 pm closing time. The defendant was wearing a mask and was armed with a gun. The defendant jumped over the customer service desk while a female employee was counting the proceeds of the day’s sales. He put a gun to her face and demanded money. Another employee confronted the defendant by throwing a broom at him. The defendant, however, was able to steal cash, but while attempting to flee with the money he dropped a cell phone.

An immediate investigation was undertaken by Attleboro Police Detective Kevin Fucco and Captain James McDonald. Police were able to obtain fingerprint and phone record evidence from the cell phone and soon matched it to the defendant. An arrest warrant was issued and police throughout the region were on the look out for the defendant. He was eventually arrested after a high speed chase in Rhode Island on September 12, 2013.

On December 9, 2015 a Plymouth County jury convicted the defendant of carjacking an 85-year old woman that happened on September 6, 2013 in Weymouth and he was sentenced to serve five to five-and-a-half years in state prison.

The eight to ten year state prison sentence handed down this morning by Judge Renee Dupuis will not begin until his four to five year prison sentence is completed, meaning the defendant will serve 13 to 15-and-a-half years in prison for the two crimes.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney William Flynn.

“I am very pleased that the jury convicted the defendant of the very serious crime of armed robbery. And I am equally pleased that the judge imposed a substantial state prison sentence in addition to the sentence he is already serving for another violent offense. This defendant has a history of violence and deserved this sentence. I applaud the judge for it,” District Attorney Quinn said. “I would like to thank and congratulate Assistant District Attorney Flynn and the members of the Attleboro Police Department for their hard work on this case.”

Gregg Miliote
Director of Communications