SOUTHINGTON - A Meriden man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his part in a bank robbery in Southington, where two children were kidnapped and ultimately let go.
Norman Renaldi, 46, was handed down the sentence on Friday afternoon in New Britain Superior Court, according to judicial records.
In September, the Meriden resident took a plea deal that exposed him to as many as 25 years in prison, with a floor of 10 years. He pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree robbery and one count each of attempted second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery. The charges stemmed from the robbery in Southington as well as those in Enfield and Glastonbury in 2017.
According to police, on June 18, 2017, at about 1:15 p.m., Renaldi entered the People's Bank inside Stop & Shop, at 505 North Main St., and handed the teller a note that demanded money. Police said Renaldi implied he may have had a gun.
Renaldi, according to police, made off with $12,669 - which was later recovered - and got into a minivan being driven by Lamar McCarthy, 37, of Hartford, who was also charged.
The minivan, after it was involved in a motor vehicle accident, was abandoned by the suspects near a gas station, where McCarthy carjacked a Jeep Cherokee, police said. An elderly man was pulled out of the vehicle, while his wife and two grandchildren, ages 6 and 3, were still inside when it was driven away.
Police said McCarthy took the vehicle, and that Renaldi, who was caught shortly thereafter, could not get inside. The children and the woman were let out of the vehicle shortly thereafter, near a commuter lot off Exit 26 from Interstate 84, near the Cheshire-Waterbury line. They were not injured.
After initially indicating he wanted a trial, McCarthy in September took a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree kidnapping and one count each of second-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery. He was sentenced in December to 25 years behind bars.
According to judicial records, McCarthy has filed an appeal in connection with the conviction.
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