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Man With 18-Year Record Sentenced To Life In Prison After $3 Heist

November 2, 1988

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ A man with an 18-year criminal record has been sentenced to life in prison for an armed robbery in which $3 was taken.

William Roldan, 35, of Springfield, also was sentenced Monday by Hampden Superior Court Judge Raymond Cross to concurrent eight- to 10-year sentences on five burglary charges and concurrent three- to five-year sentences on four counts of larceny. He pleaded guilty to all of the charges.

In a plea for mercy, defense attorney Timothy Mannion blamed Roldan’s criminal activities on drug addiction and alcoholism. He also contended the victim of the $3 heist ″was herself a junkie who is now doing time.″

But Assistant District Attorney Terrence Dunphy urged the life term, arguing Roldan’s criminal record was ″a continuous entry from the time he became an adult″ and ″continues unabated except for the times Mr. Roldan has been incarcerated.″

Roldan will be eligible for parole in 15 years, according to Dunphy.

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