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Man faces 13 years in jail for robberies in Fairfield, elsewhere

Published 5:00 pm, Friday, February 1, 2013
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A man charged with robbing several Fairfield businesses last year, as well as similar crimes in other area communities, faces 13 years in prison after accepting a plea bargain Thursday in Bridgeport Superior Court.

"That's what happened, for the most part," Christopher French of Shelton told Judge Robert Devlin when asked if he admitted committing the crimes he is charged with.

The 37-year-old French then pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree robbery and one count each of attempted first-degree robbery and being a serious persistent felony offender.

Devlin told him he will impose a sentence of 13 years in prison and 12 years of special parole at a hearing on April 19. The judge said the sentence will run concurrently with other sentences French is facing for robberies around the state, and that the defendant will be credited "good time" for the amount of time he has already spent in prison awaiting trial.

Last May 5, French, who is on parole for prior robberies, was arrested in connection with the April 29 robbery of Adam's Bakery on Black Rock Turnpike. Police said French was subsequently identified as the person who robbed the Sahara Tanning Salon on the Post Road and the Two-Fold Laundry on Boston Avenue in Stratford.

While in custody for those robberies, police said French confessed to the April 28 holdup of Hair 2000 on Vincellette Street in Bridgeport; the May 1 robbery of the Subway on Broadbridge Road in Bridgeport; the May 3 robbery of the Subway on Barnum Avenue in Bridgeport, and the May 5 robbery of Rudy's Flower Shop on Main Street in Bridgeport.