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Texas man sentenced to prison after robbery spree, chase

Staff Report
Published: 2/13/2020 10:07:46 PM
Modified: 2/13/2020 10:07:35 PM

BURLINGTON — An armed robber who was shot by police after a vehicle and foot pursuit in Brattleboro, Vt., has been sentenced to 75 months in prison, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont.

Texas man Mark Triolo, 47, who pleaded guilty in early 2019 to three counts of robbery, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Burlington on Tuesday. In addition to the six-year, three-month sentence, Judge Christina Reiss ordered Triolo to serve three years of supervised release when his sentence is completed.

Triolo first robbed the Small City Market in Vergennes, Vt., at gunpoint on May 1 and stole more than $6,000. He also admitted to robbing the Ascutney Sunoco gas station and the Allen Brothers Farm Stand in Westminster, Vt., three days later. On May 4, 2018, after the robberies, Triolo led police on a vehicle chase, which ended with an officer shooting him on foot on Black Mountain Road in Brattleboro, according to the release.

Triolo has since recovered, and the Vermont Attorney General’s Office has determined that police were justified in the shooting, the release said.

At the time of the robberies, Triolo was on parole after serving 17 years in a Texas prison for similar crimes.

During his sentencing, prosecutors asked that Triolo be sentenced to 12 years in prison due to the seriousness of the crimes and his history in Texas, but Reiss declined, the release said.

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