By Michael R. Moser
A Crossville area man charged with robbery after pushing a woman into a store wall and stealing her purse pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in Cumberland County Criminal Court.
William Kevin-John Dellolio, 21, who listed a Harper Lane address in July when he was arrested, was facing the felony robbery charge charge and if convicted by a jury, could have faced between three and six years in prison and a fine.
In a sentencing agreement reached earlier this month, Dellolio pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft and received a 97-day sentence, with credit for the time already served since his arrest. He is to also pay $490.60 restitution to the victim.
Crossville Police were dispatched to the Dollar General Market off Miller Ave. on June 29 where Etta Piercy, 79, of Rhododendron Circle, told investigators she and her daughter, Linda Reagan, were walking to the front door of the store when a man approached from the other direction.
The man grabbed Piercy's purse, pushed her into a wall, and then ran across the parking lot and through a hole in a wooden fence on the east side of the parking lot. An eyewitness, Clayton Sanders, chased the suspect to the area near Penny Lane, but the assailant was able to get away.
About a week later Dellolio was arrested in connection with the incident.
The victim's purse contained a watch and credit cards.
In other cases on the docket, the following took place:
•Tyler Lee Ford, 18, charged with two counts of auto burglary, two counts of theft of less than $500 and vandalism, pleaded guilty to two counts of auto burglary and received two, two-year sentences to serve and is to pay $850 restitution. Ford was also charged with burglary, theft of more than $1,000 and vandalism, and pleaded guilty to burglary and to theft of more than $1,000, and received two, two-year sentences concurrent with the above sentence, and is to pay $800 restitution. Ford was also charged with attempted aggravated burglary, vandalism of more than $1,000 and aggravated burglary. He pleaded guilty to all the charges and received a total of six years to serve at 30 percent, and is to pay $267.31 restitution. And, Ford was charged with aggravated burglary, auto burglary and theft of more than $10,000. He pleaded guilty to the charges and received a total of six years to serve at 30 percent. He is to pay $2,736.95 restitution and $75 to the Economic Crime Fund. Ford has a total sentence of six years to serve at 30 percent, and is banned from having any contact with the victims.
The pleas are connected to a series of burglaries that took place in March 2012 in the Fairfield Glade area.
•Timothy Allen Norris, 19, charged with burglary, theft of more than $1,000 and vandalism, pleaded guilty to burglary and received a five-year prison sentence. He was also charged with aggravated burglary, attempted aggravated burglary and vandalism of more than $1,000, pleaded guilty to the charges and received a total of five years in prison. Norris was also charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of theft of less than $500 and two counts of vandalism of more than $1,000, pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated burglary and theft of more than $10,000 and received a total of five years to serve, all sentences to run concurrently or at the same time.
•Ronald William Ripley, charged with burglary, criminal trespass and two counts of theft of less than $500, pleaded guilty to all charges and received a four-year prison sentence with 30 days to serve and the balance on supervised probation. He is to pay $61.50 restitution to two victims.
•James Edward Whittaker, 47, charged with second offense driving under the influence, third offense driving on a revoked license, felony evading arrest, possession of a schedule II drug and refusing to take an intoximeter test, pleaded guilty to second offense drunk driving, third offense revoked license and evading arrest, and received a total of three years with 45 days to serve and the balance on probation. Remaining charges were dropped.