PLYMOUTH - A Thomaston man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for robbing the IGA supermarket in Plymouth at gunpoint in the fall of 2018, handing the teenage cashier a note that demanded cash or else he would be shot.
Kevin Vereneau, 39, faced sentencing before a judge last week in New Britain Superior Court after taking a plea deal.
The sentence negotiated in the plea bargain includes a prison term of two and a half years. Following that, he will serve six years of special parole, a judge ordered.
Vereneau’s sentence comes after he pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree robbery with a weapon or dangerous instrument – a felony.
Vereneau was charged in the 2018 holdup after a sweatshirt found near the store a day after the robbery had his DNA on it, according to the arrest warrant. He had faced charges of first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny and second-degree breach of peace, but those charges were not pursued in lieu of the second-degree robbery plea.
According to the warrant, police were called to the IGA supermarket, at 311 Main St., on Oct. 6, 2018, around 8:22 p.m. A 17-year-old cashier said a man came to his register and handed him a note that instructed him to hand over money or he would be shot, the document said. The teen told police it appeared as though he had his hand on a gold handgun.
The suspect was given $280 and he left the store.
No injuries were reported.
The next day, police were called back to the supermarket after someone found a black hooded sweatshirt that appeared to be the same shirt the suspect was wearing. The shirt was on the ground near the store. After being sent to the state lab, the DNA found in the shirt was confirmed to match that of Vereneau, according to the warrant.
When police spoke to Vereneau in November 2018, he adamantly denied any involvement in the robbery, according to the warrant. He said he was not sure why his DNA would have been on the sweatshirt.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.