WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County Judge Michael Vough agreed with the defense that convicted strip-club robber William Gronosky had demonstrated growth during his legal journey from suspect to convict.
Gronosky expressed remorse and apologized, but that didn’t stop the judge on Wednesday from imposing an aggregate 33- to 66-year prison term for the 31-year-old, whose crimes also included robberies targeting elderly people and a disabled man, and shooting at police before his 2012 crime spree came to an end.
The former Nanticoke resident had faced up to 120 years in prison had he gone to trial in four cases that were still pending earlier this week, when he accepted a last-minute plea as the jury was being seated.
That plea was for a 20- to 40-year aggregate sentence that would cover all four outstanding cases, plus whatever time Gronosky received in two other cases — the strip-club heist and a robbery at a state trooper’s home.
His crimes were:
• A jury in September found Gronosky, formerly of Nanticoke, guilty of all charges stemming from a March 15, 2012, robbery at the Carousel Lounge in Plymouth Township, in which Gronosky made off with $3,500.
• A March 23, 2012, burglary at a state trooper’s home in which guns and other items were taken. Gronosky must make $4,284 restitution.
• On March 25, 2012, Gronosky tied up and robbed a man in his Hanover Township home, stealing more than $8,000 in items and a 2004 Ford Focus. Gronosky and a co-defendant must make more than $1,600 in restitution.
• On March 26, 2012, a city police officer spotted the stolen Ford on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard and gave chase. Gronosky fired three or four shots toward the police car on Pittston Boulevard in Bear Creek Township.
• On April 7, 2012, Gronosky tied up and robbed a Bear Creek homeowner. Cash, a pickup and guns were stolen. He must make $7,290 in restitution.
• On April 13, 2012, Gronosky fired a handgun toward state Trooper James Packer during a chase in Plymouth Township. Gronosky was under surveillance after earlier incidents. At least one round struck the trooper’s vehicle.
Gronosky also must make $17,500 in restitution to state police covering all cases.