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Nashua man pleads guilty to armed robbery; agrees to suspended prison term, drug treatment

NASHUA – A second man pleaded guilty to holding up a doughnut shop in Nashua last spring.

Stefan Baringer pleaded guilty to armed robbery in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua on Wednesday in exchange for a deferred and suspended 3-6 prison sentence. ...

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NASHUA – A second man pleaded guilty to holding up a doughnut shop in Nashua last spring.

Stefan Baringer pleaded guilty to armed robbery in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua on Wednesday in exchange for a deferred and suspended 3-6 prison sentence.

The prison time is deferred for two years, meaning Baringer must return to court in two years and convince a judge the sentence shouldn’t be imposed. If he’s successful, the sentence will be suspended for two years, meaning the state can petition to impose the sentence but would have the burden of proof to convince the judge.

Baringer was arrested along with Joshua Smith, 28, of Londonderry, after they threatened two female employees at the Dunkin’ Donuts on East Hollis Street and stole about $200 in April 2012.

Police were called to the store around 10:30 p.m., and the women reported that two men wearing masks stole money and fled without injuring anyone.

Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Kent Smith said Wednesday that one of the woman got a glimpse of Baringer during the robbery when a bandana slipped off his face.

Baringer also is required to complete a rigorous drug treatment program, something Judge Diane Nicolosi asked him if he was ready for. Baringer assured her he is.

“I’ve let my family down constantly over the years. This is kind of it for me,” he said.

Nicolosi said she rarely approves deferred or suspended sentences on armed robbery charges, but said Baringer’s attorney convinced her his client deserves the break.

Police investigated for several months before arresting Joshua Smith and Baringer.

Kent Smith said Wednesday that Joshua Smith’s former girlfriend told police, after a breakup, that Smith had admitted to robbing the Dunkin’ Donuts.

Joshua Smith has agreed to plead guilty to armed robbery, as well as to burglarizing two Nashua businesses, and will serve a three- to six-year prison sentence, according to court documents.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashua
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