NEW BRITAIN - A 35-year-old man is expected to receive 10 years in prison for his involvement in the robbery and restraining of three T-Mobile employees in 2016.
Tywan Edwards is also expected to 10 years of special parole in exchange for pleading guilty to first-degree robbery under the Alford doctrine. An Alford plea is when a defendant doesn’t agree with all the facts in a case but pleads guilty to avoid going to trial, which could result in a harsher sentence.
Edwards is represented by attorney William Paetzold.
According to State Prosecutor Helen McLellan, on Nov. 3, 2016, three female employees were leaving the T-mobile on the Berlin Turnpike around closing time when two large men wearing masks approached and surround them.
The two men forced them to the back of the store where their hands and feet were bound by zip ties, and took off with about $9,000 in cash, merchandise and items from the victims, McLellan said. DNA evidence from the zip ties was tied back to Edwards, McLellan said.
Edwards is due back in New Britain Superior Court on Feb. 24. He remains in custody on $99,000 bond.
Demetrius Wilkes, the other man allegedly involved, was arrested in April 2017 and has a case still pending in court. He is due back there on Feb. 20.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.