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Man gets 7 1/2 years for two-day North End armed-robbery spree

A federal judge today sentenced Dante Mirabella, 56, to 92 months in prison for three armed holdups in May, 2019 that netted him a little more than $1,000, including one waiter's tips for the night and a parking attendant's own personal cash.

The US Attorney's office, which had asked for a sentence of 96 months, described Mirabella's two-day gun rampage:

On May 29, at approximately 12:30 A.M., the Defendant approached two people outside of a restaurant, brandished a firearm and demanded that they give him the "cash bag." One of the victims told the Defendant that he did not have the cash bag and when the Defendant reiterated his demand, the victim gave the Defendant $115 in cash that he had collected in tips. The same day, at approximately 11:00 P.M., the Defendant approached a parking attendant in downtown Boston, grabbed the victim's arm and stated “You know what this is” while pulling a handgun from his wasteland. The Defendant stated, “Get in the [expletive] booth” and “give me the money.” The victim gave the Defendant $500 of his own money. The Defendant then said that he wanted the night money, but the victim explained that he already turned it in.

The next day (May 30), at around 7:00 P.M., the Defendant robbed Bob's Grocery in the North End. The Defendant entered the store, brandished a handgun, and demanded money. The 3 cashier gave him approximately $300- $400 from the cash register and Keno register, and a customer standing at the counter gave the Defendant approximately $120 of his own cash. When viewed together, these three robberies over a roughly two-day period demonstrate a pattern of disturbing and dangerous conduct.

Mirabella pleaded guilty one count of interfering with commerce by robbery, one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition last November.

Mirabella's attorney asked for a slightly shorter sentence, of 88 months, arguing a heroin and cocaine addiction that left him "gaunt and ravaged" in his 2019 booking photos could be handled by ongoing "medication assisted treatment." Also, his age makes it increasingly unlikely he would add to a criminal record that started in the 1990s.

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