Nancy Gehrung of Florence pleads guilty in Christmas 2011 armed robbery
NORTHAMPTON — A Florence woman charged in connection with a Christmas 2011 armed break-in at a Massasoit Street home pleaded guilty to weapons and burglary charges Monday in Hampshire Superior Court.
Nancy Gehrung, 49, of 56 Matthew Drive, pleaded guilty to armed burglary and assault with a firearm, armed robbery with a firearm, possession of a large capacity firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, felony possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property over $250.
She also pleaded guilty to one count of felony breaking and entering in the nighttime, after blood evidence collected during the investigation linked her to a break-in Williamsburg two days earlier.
Assistant Northwestern District Attorneys Stephen Sloan said blood recovered from the pistol used during the Christmas robbery matched blood recovered from a smashed window in Williamsburg, and both samples matched DNA evidence collected from Gehrung.
She appeared in court with her attorney, David Hoose of Northampton, who asked Judge Mary-Lou Rup to consider a sentence of five years in a house of correction, followed by five years’ probation.
Sloan and Assistant District Attorney Jayme Parent are seeking a six- to eight-year state prison sentence followed by 10 years’ probation.
According to Rup, Gehrung could be sentenced to life in prison based on some of the charges.
A sentencing hearing for Gehrung is scheduled for March 26.
Gehrung admitted she broke into a Massasoit Street home the evening of Dec. 25, 2011, and pointed a .45 caliber pistol, loaded with 13 rounds, at the residents when they returned home from an outing about 8:15 p.m.
Gehrung fled and was apprehended a short time later after police spotted her walking without a coat or hat. She was initially taken into protective custody and later charged.
The pistol and stolen belongings were found near the home.
The pistol was reported stolen by an off-duty Willimantic, Conn., police officer, who said it had been taken from the trunk of his car.
Gehrung told investigators she found the pistol along the side of the road while returning from visiting relatives in New Hampshire, according to police.
Gehrung also faces charges in connection with two other robberies in the days leading up to Christmas, according to prosecutors, including one at a Holyoke liquor store and another at a home in Enfield, Conn.
Gehrung will continue to be held without bail until the sentencing.
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