May 29—An Ellington man was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Monday after accepting a plea bargain in which he was convicted of involvement in the robbery in Manchester of a woman who had been given a ride to buy a car by an acquaintance of his.
Alexzandar Antonio Herrera, 20, who has listed an address on Middle Butcher Road, was convicted of second-degree robbery in the Hartford Superior Court plea bargain.
He entered the deal under the Alford doctrine, meaning that he didn't admit guilt but acknowledged that the prosecution's evidence would have been sufficient for a conviction at trial.
Judge Laura F. Baldini imposed the sentence in accordance with a plea bargain negotiated by Herrera's lawyers, John E. Franckling and Tanya T. Dorman, with prosecutor Anthony Bochicchio.
Under the sentence, Herrera will be on probation for three years after he is released from prison, facing up to 7 1/2 more years in prison if he violates release conditions.
He has been held in lieu of $200,000 bond since his arrest on March 4, 2020, and that time will be credited against his sentence. But because second-degree robbery is a violent crime, he will have to serve 85% of his sentence before he will be eligible for parole.
DEFENDANT: Alexzandar Antonio Herrera, 20, of Ellington
GUILTY PLEA: Second-degree robbery
SENTENCE: 10 years, suspended after 2 1/2 years in jail; three years' probation.
CO-DEFENDANT: Kyle David Bolduc, 22, of Manchester, whose case remains pending, along with several others.
As part of the plea bargain, the prosecutor dropped a number of less serious cases against Herrera.
Charges remain pending against Herrera's codefendant in the case, Kyle David Bolduc, 22, who has listed an address on Edgerton Place in Manchester. Bolduc is being held at the Hartford Correctional Center in lieu of more than $335,000 bond on multiple cases.
A woman reported to Manchester police on Feb. 29, 2020 that Bolduc and another man had robbed her friend in Manchester, according to a police affidavit, which goes on to recount the following:
The robbery victim later told police that she had contacted Bolduc, an acquaintance since high school, and asked for a ride to Manchester so that she could buy a car for $600.
Bolduc agreed and picked her up at her East Hartford home. A man she didn't know but later identified from a photograph as Herrera was also in the car, the woman said.
She told police that Bolduc first drove to the Walgreens on Connecticut Boulevard in East Hartford so that she could withdraw cash from an ATM. Bolduc next stopped at a gas station in Manchester and then a house, where he and Herrera went inside for a short time, the woman said.
About 10 minutes after the last stop, Bolduc pulled into a dead-end street and parked. He got out of the car, opened the door where the woman was sitting and told her, "You know what time it is," the woman recalled. At the same moment she heard Herrera chamber a round in a gun in the front seat.
The woman said Bolduc threatened her, so she gave him the money she planned to use to buy the car.
Bolduc got back into the car after the robbery, took the gun from Herrera, and showed it to her, the woman said.
Bolduc then drove her home. Before leaving, he told her that he knew where she lived and would return if she told anyone about the robbery, the woman told police.
The prosecutor told the judge that the victim "has not been responsive" to his office during the court case.
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