May 30, 2015 1:55 PM
Nashua man accused of taking hostages heads to prison after plea deal
NASHUA - A man accused of robbing and holding people hostage in an apartment last November was sentenced to a minimum of 17 months in prison as part of a plea agreement.
The Nashua Telegraph reports that Anthony DeBenedictis III, formerly of 20 Ridgefield Drive in Nashua, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery before the case went to trial. Prosecutors agreed to drop six additional charges of armed robbery and two accounts of drug possession.
DeBenedictis was sentenced in Hillsborough County Superior Court to two to six years on one of the charges and a suspended sentence of two to four years on the other. He received 204 days’ credit for time served, bringing his minimum to roughly 17 months.
According to victim statements, a man later identified as DeBenedictis, approached a group of people in a parking lot and demanded money last November. The man then forced the group, at gunpoint, into an apartment at 55 Cypress Lane, holding them there for about 10 minutes. One was able to escape and called police.
The hostage-taker fled the second-floor apartment prompting a search during which police detained three individuals before finding DeBenedictis, who matched the victims’ description.