PLYMOUTH - A Bristol woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to rob a man during a prostitution arrangement at a local motel.
Florence Mack, 31, of 28 Irving St., Bristol, accepted a plea bargain on Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court. She pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine to charges of conspiracy to commit third-degree robbery - a reduced charge - third-degree assault and prostitution of a person over 16 years old.
An Alford plea means Mack disputes some of the allegations while acknowledging there’s a good chance she could be convicted after a trial. She was sentenced to two years in prison during the hearing, where she also admitted to violating two probations she was serving when she was arrested. She was on probation for convictions of second-degree failure to appear and criminal impersonation, court officials said Wednesday.
According to police, Mack kicked a 31-year-old Oakville man while another man, brandishing a knife, punched him in the face several times and robbed him. The robbery was reported at the Plymouth Motor Lodge, located at 325 Main St., on Oct. 25 at about 1:50 a.m.
The victim, who was taken to Waterbury Hospital after the attack, was charged with one count of patronizing a prostitute after the attack. Online court records indicate his case was not prosecuted.
The victim told police he met Mack at a McDonald’s in Bristol before they went to the Plymouth Motor Lodge, where they planned to exchange money for sex, according to the police report.
Once there, the victim said, Mack left their room and returned with a man he did not recognize. They told him to “run his pockets” and made off with “a couple hundred bucks” and his prescription pills following the attack, he said. The suspects took off running from the motel.
During the investigation, Plymouth police reached out to Bristol officers, who found Mack sleeping in a pickup truck that was parked on Arlington Street. She admitted to “tricking” at the Plymouth motel, but she denied having any part in the robbery. She said the male suspect, who is known to her, robbed the victim on his own and was armed with a knife.
Alfonzo Sirica, Mack’s attorney, said Wednesday that, although the other man has not been charged, he believes he would have been more culpable than his client.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.