A Farmington woman was sentenced to six years in prison for her role in this past May's robbery at the Fastrac on Hamilton Street in the City of Geneva.
CANANDAIGUA — A Farmington woman was sentenced for her role in last May's robbery of the Geneva Fastrac.
Jennifer Bronson, 45, was sentenced Tuesday to six years in state prison for second-degree robbery, a class C felony, by Ontario County Court Judge Brian Dennis. Her cohort, Paul Gilliam, 43, was previously sentenced to eight years.
“The defendant was the primary mover and shaker,” said Ontario County District Attorney James Ritts. “It was Ms. Bronson, she threatened to blow the clerk's head off.”
Ritts added that it was Bronson who placed a plastic bag upon the counter at the Hamilton Street store and ordered the cashier to put cash in it, or pay the consequences.
According to court statements, Bronson will have to pay $336.03 plus interest in restitution for the stolen cash and goods from the Fastrac.
“It's a tragic comedy. This is not the action of a criminal mastermind,” said Kevin Karnyski from the Ontario County Public Defender's Office, referring to the clumsy conspiracy. “This was a criminal act fueled by drugs.”
According to Karnyski, his client was so high on drugs at the time of the crime she doesn’t remember it.
Karnyski argued that a three-and-one-half year sentence was more than sufficient and that the only reason the charges were elevated to second-degree robbery is because a nearby customer took out their wallet and opened it up.
Bronson's criminal history includes two arrests in 1995 and one in 2017. The sentence also includes three years of post-release supervision.