Son pleads guilty to string of robberies; father's case pending

Jason Barberi wielded a wooden bat. His father, Frederick Barberi, used a box cutter or a knife.

Together the father and son from Preston held up a series of convenience stores in November 2011, threatening clerks with physical injury and fleeing with cash or cartons of cigarettes, according to prosecutor David J. Smith.

Jason Barberi, 29, pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree robbery today in New London Superior Court and will be sentenced Feb. 25 to up to 15 years in prison. His 52 year-old father's case is pending in the same court.

Police said the pair went on a six-day robbery spree, holding up stores each day beginning Nov. 5, 2011. Jason Barberi pleaded guilty to three of the robberies under a plea agreement worked out by his attorney, Anthony Basilica, and Smith.

Barberi pleaded guilty to robbing the Henny Penny in Pawcatuck of $250 on Nov. 5, 2011. Smith said Barberi told the clerk, "Give me the money or I'll kill you."

Barberi pleaded guilty also to robbing the Preston Mobil on Nov. 6, taking between $600 and $700. Finally, he pleaded guilty to holding up the Cumberland Farms in Baltic on Nov. 10, 2011, stealing $200 in cash and multiple cartons of cigarettes.

They were arrested Nov. 11, 2011, after police learned the robbers had used a family member's car as a getaway vehicle, according to Smith.

Barberi pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine, which means he does not agree with the state's allegations but does not want to go to trial, where he risks a harsher sentence if convicted.

Under the plea agreement, Judge Susan B. Handy will sentence him to 20 years in prison, suspended after 15 years served, and three years probation.


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