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Bellefonte Man Pleads Guilty to State College Area Armed Robberies

by on April 08, 2014 4:27 PM

A Bellefonte man pleaded guilty Monday to two armed robberies involving State College area businesses as well as a burglary in McAlevy's Fort.

Jonathan J. Tenalio, 26, entered the guilty plea before Centre County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Grine.

Tenalio also pleaded guilty to two counts of persons not to possess a firearm. He has a previous burglary conviction and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Authorities say Tenalio entered the Cove Pizzeria in State College on Sept. 23 wearing a camouflage jacket, a hooded sweatshirt, and bandanna over his face. He pointed a handgun at two employees, demanded money and fled with $226.

The next day, authorities say Tenalio broke into Doan's Bones Barbecue in McAlevy's Fort by breaking a window with a baseball bat and stole roughly $200.

The following day, authorities say Tenalio entered the Nittany Budget Motel in Ferguson Township wearing the military style coat, with a bandanna covering his face. He pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded money from the safe. Tenalio got away with $99.

Grine is slated to sentence Tenalio June 6. Under the terms of the plea agreement Tenalio will be sentenced to state prison for 12 to 30 years.

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a statement, "This Defendant's brazen crime spree presented a real danger to our community. Law Enforcement responded quickly and ended this before he could inflict any more damage or someone was seriously injured."

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