Tewksbury Man Sentenced To Prison For 'AIDS Threat' Robbery
Sep 09, 2016 10:29AM
By Bill Gilman
A Tewksbury man will spend the next three years in prison, after pleading guilty to robbing a local convenience store earlier this year.
Nicholas Rocco, 20, of 21 Valley Road, faced charges i connection to the robbery of the Tedeschi's Food Shop at 2280 Main St. on March 15. According to Police, Rocco threatened the store clerk with a hypodermic needle he claimed was tainted with the AIDS virus.
As part of a plea agreement, Rocco pleaded guilty last month in Lowell Superior Court, to charges of assault with a hypodermic needle and armed robbery.
In addition to three years in prison, Rocco also must serve an additional two years probation, during which time he must submit to a drug evaluation and treatment, and abstain from using illegal drugs.