2 men admit guilt for Alton robbery of store clerk

LACONIA — Two of the men who robbed a store clerk of a night deposit at the TD Bank in Alton in December of 2012 have been sentenced to the N.H. State Prison.
Scott Prior, 25, of Alton pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit robbery and one count of being an accomplice to theft.
After appearing before Belknap County Superior Court Judge James O'Neill III Tuesday, he was sentenced to serve 1 1/2 to 3 years for the conspiracy to commit robbery charge. He was also sentenced to serve 3 1/2 to 7 years — all suspended — for being an accomplice to theft. He was credited with 113 day of pre-trial confinement.
Justin LaValley, 25, of Rochester pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to committee robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit theft and one count of second degree assault.
After agreeing to serve 2 1/2 to 7 years in jail for the conspiracy to commit robbery with six months suspended for good behavior in Belknap County Superior Court yesterday, O'Neill rejected his plea saying he didn't deserve getting the possibility of six months of his sentence being suspended.
The two sides returned later in the afternoon and agreed LaValley would serve the entire 2 1/2 years of the minimum sentence. LaValley was also given a suspended sentence of 3 1/2 to 7 years for the second degree assault and a suspended sentence of 3 1/2 to 7 years for conspiracy to commit theft. He was credited with 116 days of pre-trial confinement.
The court also ordered both men to pay the Alton Village Store $1,122 and $1,000 to Cincinnati Mutual Insurance Company.
The robbery of the female clerk took place at 10:10 p.m. when the two accosted her as she went to the night deposit box. She chased LaValley and he threw her to the ground as he fled, causing her to suffer a concussion.
According to his attorney, LaValley deserved some consideration because he admitted what he had done when the Alton Police went to his house to question him.
Although the victim wasn't in court, LaValley expressed sorrow for his crimes to both the victim and the town of Alton. He told O'Neill that it was time he "grew up and stopped acting like a punk."
County Attorney Melissa Guldbransen prosecuted LaValley. She said she wanted to completment Alton Det. Jason Tremblay and the combined work of he Alton Police Department whose work led to the guilty pleas of both men. She also thanked the bank, which provided video surveillance of the attack to Alton Police.