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Judge Sentences State College Armed Robber to State Prison

by on June 07, 2014 8:00 AM

A judge sentenced a State College armed robber to state prison Friday.

Centre County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan D. Grine sentenced Jonathan J. Tenalio, 26, of Bellefonte to 12 ½ to 32 years in state prison for two robberies and a burglary that occurred in the State College area.

The first incident happened Sept. 23 at the Pizza Cove where authorities say Tenalio, wearing a bandana covering his face, pointed a handgun at two employees, demanded money and then fled with $226.

The next incident occurred Sept. 24 when authorities say Tenalio broke into Doan's Bones Barbecue by breaking a window with a baseball bat and stole roughly $200.

The third incident happened Sept. 25 when Tenalio entered the Nittany Budget Motel in Ferguson Township with a bandana covering his face. Authorities say Tenalio pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded money in the safe. He then fled with $99.

Authorities say at the times of the crimes, Tenalio was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to two felony burglary convictions in 2010. Tenalio's sentence covered probation violations for that case.

Tenalio previously pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, one count of burglary and two counts of persons not to possess a firearm.

"Within a few short days this defendant committed a fist full of felonies with a firearm he never should have held," District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a prepared statement. "Putting cash for a cheap high ahead of people's lives, he terrorized innocent people trying to make an honest living. Fortunately, he was apprehended before anyone was seriously injured."

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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