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Tewksbury Man Sentenced To Prison For 'AIDS Threat' Robbery

Sep 09, 2016 10:29AM ● By Bill Gilman
Atty. Paul King

 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.

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