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Mt. Holly man sentenced for Rutland area robbery

RUTLAND — A 38-year-old man from Mt. Holly was imprisoned after pleading guilty to a convenience store robbery in Rutland.

Todd Bussino was sentenced to 53 months in prison following his guilty plea to a charge that he robbed a Rutland-area convenience store with a knife last March.

Bussino must serve three years of supervised release following completion of his prison term and pay restitution in the amount of $1,367.

He has been held without bail since he first appeared in federal court last May.

According to court records, federal, state, and local law enforcement officials in the Rutland area investigated a series of robberies that took place between early November 2020 and April 2021 in Rutland and surrounding towns.

In each of the robberies, a single man entered the store, waited until other customers had left, and then demanded money from the clerk.

In almost all the incidents, the robber brandished a knife.

Bussino was arrested after the ninth such robbery on March 7, 2021, but released on bail.

He was rearrested after a tenth attempted robbery on April 13, 2021.

On April 21, a federal grand jury in Rutland charged Bussino with four of those robberies.

Bussino pled guilty to the March 7 robbery in September.

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