Claremont Man Gets Prison for Role in Delivery Man Robbery

Valley News Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Newport — A 32-year-old Claremont man has been sentenced to serve a minimum of 3½ years in prison for his role in the April robbery of a pizza delivery man in the city.

David Pacetti was sentenced before Sullivan Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker on Monday. Last week, he pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and pleaded guilty to hindering the apprehension of a felon. Pacetti was indicted on those charges in May, roughly a month after Debra Pitts and Jennifer Tozzi stabbed and robbed a Domino’s delivery man at Pitts’ Trinity Street apartment.

Pacetti admitted, through his guilty plea, that he helped Pitts and Tozzi avoid apprehension following the incident. The two women were at Pacetti’s house before and after the robbery. Pacetti also agreed that a judge could find he gave Tozzi a jacket and baseball cap as a disguise.

Pacetti’s attorney, Bruce Jasper, said the sentence length was negotiated and “was the offer the state made, and we accepted.”

Assistant Sullivan County Attorney Justin Hersh said he felt the resolution was a “fair outcome for all parties involved.”

“The resolution of the robbery case was a result of the efforts of the Claremont Police Department being able to rapidly identify the involved individuals and make arrests so that we were able to begin the process,” Hersh said.

Pacetti received concurrent 3½- to 10-year and 3½- to seven-year sentences on the two felony charges. The time Pacetti will serve in prison also encompasses sentences from unrelated cases, including one that involved check forgery.

Pacetti pleaded guilty in April to forging his in-laws’ checks and was out on bail at the time he aided Pitts and Tozzi in the Claremont robbery, Hersh said.

Tozzi’s case is no longer pending; She died at a hospital from an undisclosed illness in May.

In an interview after the alleged incident, Tozzi told police that “she thinks” the motive for the robbery was to procure money for drugs, according to an affidavit.

Pitts pleaded guilty last month to her role in the attack on the driver and was sentenced to serve five years of a five- to 10-year prison sentence.

Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at jcuddemi@vnews.com or 603-727-3248.