• Second brother sentenced in armed robbery
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     | May 14,2014
     

    BARRE ó Days after his brother was sentenced for an armed robbery at a Granite City residence last year, a Worcester man has been jailed for his involvement in the crime.

    David J. Garneau, 34, was given a sentence of one to six years to serve Tuesday in Washington County criminal court in Barre on convictions of felony grand larceny, felony unlawful trespass of an occupied residence and two counts of simple assault.

    His brother, Jonathan M. Garneau, 31, of Williamstown, was given a sentence of two to six years to serve May 1 in the same court on convictions of simple assault, felony grand larceny, felony unlawful trespass of an occupied residence and leaving the scene of an accident.

    Both are serving their time at Northeast Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury.

    According to the police affidavit, on July 13 the brothers entered the home of Nathan Lucier on Brook Street after one of the Garneaus pushed in the plastic glass on the locked front door.

    Once inside, police say, the Garneaus were acting friendly with Lucier until Jonathan Garneau hit Lucier in the head, at one point striking him with a brass-and-silver pistol.

    Lucier told police David Garneau also punched him during the theft.

    After the two stopped attacking Lucier, he told police, Jonathan Garneau pointed the gun in Lucierís face and asked for money. Lucier said he told the Garneaus he had none but that David Garneau went into his bureau and took $1,185 in cash.

    Police say the two brothers then told the victim that if he called the police they would come back and kill him. The two brothers left in a red Saturn Vue.

    In court Tuesday, Stateís Attorney Tom Kelly said David Garneauís case warranted a lesser sentence because he didnít bring a weapon to the residence or strike Lucier with a gun. Kelly also said Jonathan Garneau has a worse criminal record than his brother, which was also taken into consideration.

    Before he was sentenced, David Garneau apologized to Lucier and to Lucierís family members, none of whom were in the courtroom.

    In Jonathan Garneauís conviction for leaving the scene, police say he crashed a truck on Interstate 89 in Montpelier on June 22, causing damage to the guardrail, and fled by jumping off a bridge.

    David Garneauís second simple assault conviction stems from an incident in April 2013, when police say he punched a DJ at the Green Mountain Tavern.

    Jonathan Garneau has previous convictions of felony assault and robbery in 2002 and felony obstruction of justice in 2001. He also has convictions of domestic assault in 2010, passing a bad check in 2002, petit larceny in 2001 and simple assault in 2001.

    David Garneau has 23 misdemeanor convictions, including simple assault in 2007, 2001 and 1997; driving under the influence in 2006; unlawful mischief in 2006; and disorderly conduct in 2006, 2004 and 2002.

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