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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 4, 2013

Syracuse, New York - Man pled to a one count indictment that charged him with committing robbery at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Syracuse.

Richard S. Hartunian, United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, announced today the guilty plea of Brian Lamont Roberts, 54, of Syracuse, New York. Roberts pled guilty in federal district court before the Honorable Judge Norman Mordue, to a one count indictment that charged him with committing robbery at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Syracuse, NY on February 2, 2012. The robbery charge carries a maximum possible penalty of 15 years in prison.

During his plea colloquy, Roberts admitted he robbed a delivery truck driver of a can of soda at knife point, while threatening the driver with bodily injury. He further admitted that he committed the offense while high on crack cocaine and alcohol, and that he suffers from addiction to both substances. Roberts has been in prison and drug and alcohol treatment for nearly a year since the robbery. Judge Mordue ordered that such treatment continue. Sentencing has been set for May 13, 2013 at 10 a.m.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Veteran’s Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Craig A. Benedict. Questions may be directed to AUSA Benedict at 315-448-0672.

Updated January 29, 2015