VT: Man shot by police gets 6-year sentence on robbery charges

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A man who was shot by police and taken into custody in Vermont has been sentenced to over six years in prison after pleading guilty to three robberies.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Mark Triolo, 47, robbed a market in Vergennes at gunpoint on May 1, 2018, and fled with over $6,000. At that time, he was wanted on a parole violation in Texas, and he was a suspect in a robbery in Queensbury, New York.

On May 4, 2018, police learned of two more armed robberies, one at a gas station in Weathersfield, and the other at a market in Westminster. They found Triolo at a gas station in Brattleboro, but he ran away. Police later shot and wounded him when he refused to show his hands. He’s since recovered.

Police said a search of Triolo’s vehicle recovered a pellet gun that was similar in appearance to a semi-automatic pistol and similar to a weapon used in the robberies.

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office later determined police were justified in their use of force against Triolo.

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