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Man gets eight years for store holdup

Wed., April 21, 2010, midnight

A 25-year-old man who robbed a convenience store at gunpoint last fall was sentenced Tuesday to nearly eight years in prison.

Christopher R. Walinksi pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and second-degree assault for a Sept. 29 robbery at Zip Trip, 3030 E. Euclid Ave.

The robbery, which police say netted $66, was a result of Walinski’s drug addiction, family said on Tuesday.

Walinski, a father of a 6-year-old, has been in jail since Nov. 4. Joseph R. Giordanella, who supplied the handgun Wakinski used, was sentenced to 14 months in prison earlier this month. A third man, Justin J. Ellery, is in jail awaiting sentencing.

Walinski’s 90-month sentence includes 36 months because a firearm was used in the course of the assault, which stems from the clerk having a gun pointed at her.



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