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Milford robber faces up to seven years

May 8, 2019

MILFORD — A Hamden man faces between three and seven years in prison after pleading guilty to two gunpoint robberies in downtown Milford last October.

Tasmine Shannonhouse, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree robbery before Judge Peter Brown Wednesday.

Assistant State’s Attorney Amy Bepko said the first stickup occurred Oct. 8, when Shannonhouse approached a man getting money out of the drive-thru ATM at the South Broad Street People’s Bank and threatened him with what looked like a pistol.

The man told police he withdrew $300 from the ATM and gave it to Shannonhouse.

Two days later, Bepko said, a waitress at Taste of Thai restaurant on Broad Street was counting money from the night’s business when Shannonhouse approached her, pointed a gun at her and told her to hand over the cash.

Police canvassed the area and developed Shannonhouse after interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance footage. They eventually obtained a search warrant for an apartment about a half-mile away where he was living at the time. Cops allegedly found Shannonhouse hiding in the bathroom.

The prosecutor said Shannonhouse had admitted perpetrating the robberies to someone who had seen his picture on the news, and also confessed to police, telling them that he perpetrated the stickups with a BB gun after “relationship issues” had caused him to snap.

He has been behind bars since his arrest in the case last October.

According to a plea deal in the case, Shannonhouse will receive a 10-year prison sentence to be suspended after between three and seven years, followed by five years of probation.

Shannonhouse’s sentencing is scheduled for July 22.