Northeast Times

Northeast robber gets 107 years in prison

A fed­er­al judge on Sept. 8 ordered a Phil­adelphia man to serve 107 years and one day in pris­on for the armed rob­ber­ies of five North­east busi­nesses in 2006 and 2007.

Dur­ing the rob­ber­ies, Har­old Sid­ney Brun­son, 36, typ­ic­ally forced em­ploy­ees and cus­tom­ers to the floor at gun­point, emp­tied their pock­ets and raided the cash re­gisters and cash boxes used by the tar­geted busi­nesses, au­thor­it­ies said. In some cases, Brun­son forced vic­tims to the rear of the busi­nesses be­fore flee­ing. In one case, he ordered vic­tims in­to a walk-in cool­er.

At two sep­ar­ate tri­als, Brun­son was con­victed of rob­bing Galaxy Pizza, 1239 Cottman Ave., on Aug. 19, 2006; The Ashton Pub, 9041 Ashton Road, on Sept. 4, 2006; Vince’s Ser­vice Cen­ter, 7700 Dit­man St., on April 13, 2007; Bill’s Fam­ily Pizza, 8200 Frank­ford Ave., on April 15, 2007; and Al­fred’s Bever­age, 9218 Ashton Road, on April 19, 2007.

Brun­son was con­victed of Hobbs Act rob­bery and weapons of­fenses in each case. The man­dat­ory min­im­um sen­tence for his crimes is 107 years. U.S. Dis­trict Judge Mi­chael M. Baylson presided over the hear­ing.

As­sist­ant U.S. At­tor­ney Thomas M. Za­leski, the lead pro­sec­utor, in a sen­ten­cing memor­andum asked the judge to im­pose a pris­on sen­tence of at least 112 years.

Brun­son was found not guilty in con­nec­tion with two ad­di­tion­al armed rob­ber­ies in the North­east dur­ing the same time peri­od. ••

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