PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Holding a pregnant store clerk at gunpoint and attempting to steal the register’s cash is criminal enough to warrant nearly four decades of jail time, a Superior Court judge ruled on Friday.
Jason Dias, 42, of Cranston, admitted to a court on Friday that he held up the Kendal Food Mart in Central Falls back in August. According to the prosecution, Dias entered the store and pointed a sawed-off shotgun at a cashier, who happened to be pregnant, behind the counter, demanding all the money in the cash register. A police report said he went on to point the gun at other customers and threatened to kill everyone in the store.
Once he received cash from the store clerk, reports said he fired a single shotgun round in the direction of the cashier while he was fleeing the scene. The force of the gunshot caused a piece of the gun to fall to the ground, reports said. Dias re-entered the store to retrieve the fallen piece, but – before he could exit – a group of customers managed to tackle and detain him until police arrived.
Dias pleaded guilty on Friday to one count each of armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. In total, he was sentenced to 35 years, with 25 to serve, in prison, with 10 consecutive years suspended.