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Man Convicted in Violent Crime Spree Denied Appeal

by on February 14, 2014 6:10 AM

A man who was sent to prison for a string of violent crimes will not be allowed to appeal his conviction.

According to the Centre County District Attorney's office, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied an appeal from Anatoliy Veretnov.

Veretnov was one of several men who were convicted for a crime spree that stretched across Centre County. In some cases, the men brandished an AK-47 rifle and other weapons.

Veretnov and Alexei Semionov were convicted on multiple counts of burglary, robbery, kidnapping, assault and theft. Those crimes took place from late 2009 until March of 2010.

Two accomplices, Maksim Illarionov and Dmitriy Litvinov, were also involved in many of the crimes.

The men took part in a string of robberies and burglaries that argeted a number of businesses including Centre Glass, State Amusement, and the Bar in Boalsburg, along with several private residences.

Litvinov and Veretnov were also involved in the kidnapping and robbery of a Penn State student.

The pair robbed the student at gun point and forced him to withdraw $500 from an ATM. The two men beat the student and threatened to kill him.

Veretnov was sentenced to 30 years and six months to 60 years and six months in prison.

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