Gas Station Thief Gets a Decade in Prison
LOWELL -- A 61-year-old Billerica man was sentenced to 10 to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing two gas stations and a convenience store last year in Tewksbury and Billerica.
Michael Girouard, whose last known address was at 0 Brandon St., Billerica, pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of armed robbery and a single count of firearms violation with two prior violent/drug crimes, according to court records.
Girouard admitted he robbed the Petrolex Gas Station at 80 Chelmsford Road in Billerica; Variety Plus, 135 Nashua Road, Billerica; and the Mobil gas station at 2 Main St., Tewksbury in October of last year.
Girouard has a history of armed robbery convictions, and has been behind bars since his arrest shortly after the heists. Billerica Sgt. Steve Elmore arrested Girouard after seeing him get into a vehicle on Brandon Street, and recognizing that he resembled the description of the robbery suspect, according to a police report.
Girouard pulled a gun and told a teenage clerk at Petrolex “try anything and I’ll shoot you,” according to a police report.
Girouard was sentenced in Lowell Superior Court by Judge Kenneth Salinger, according to court records.
A codefendant, Peter Delpapa, 49, of Billerica, was sentenced to three years in prison and two years of probation after pleading guilty to two armed robberies earlier this year, according to court records.
Another codefendant, Nichole Donlon, 37, of Billerica, is also facing an armed robbery charge, and is scheduled for a change of plea hearing in Lowell Superior Court on Dec. 20. Such hearings to not always lead to an actual guilty plea, though.
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