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The 30-year-old, who claims he was framed for the robbery, now faces trial in a Laflin burglary

Last updated: September 05. 2013 11:42PM - 2964 Views
SHEENA DELAZIO sdelazio@timesleader.com



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WILKES-BARRE – William Gronosky said Thursday he’s not guilty of robbing a Plymouth Township strip club and getting away with $3,500.


A Luzerne County jury said otherwise.


After deliberating for about 25 minutes Thursday morning, a jury convicted Gronosky, 30, of all six charges stemming from the Carousel Lounge robbery in March 2012.


Gronosky faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on two of the charges, including robbery, and up to seven years on the remaining charges when he is sentenced on Nov. 6.


Assistant District Attorney Frank McCabe made a request to revoke Gronosky’s $1.4 million bail based on the conviction and that Gronosky is a threat to society.


County Judge Michael Vough granted that request and said Gronosky is again slated to stand trial in his courtroom on Monday.


McCabe said those charges relate to a burglary of a Laflin home eight days after the strip club robbery.


“I’m not guilty,” Gronosky said Thursday while leaving the courthouse after the verdict.


Gronosky testified Wednesday that the woman who claims she was driving the getaway car after the robbery is lying.


Gronosky said Courtney Sadusky, 24, fabricated the story about the robbery because Gronosky did not want to be her boyfriend.


Sadusky framed him, he said, and stole the BB guns and a pair of gloves from his home to do so.


He admitted he was at the Carousel Lounge the day of the robbery, but not until much later in the day when he went there to purchase drugs.


He said he visited the strip club three to four times a week and even played pool with owner Julius Greenberg.


Sadusky, a prosecution witness, told a different story earlier Wednesday, saying she drove Gronosky and Kevin Williams to the Carousel Lounge around 9 a.m. on March 15, 2012. Gronosky and Williams had ski masks on, Sadusky testified, and she said they wore gloves and were armed with guns.


About 15 minutes later, Gronosky allegedly told Sadusky they pushed the owner of the strip club to the floor and took about $3,500.


Sadusky pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a criminal conspiracy charge relating to the robbery before also testifying in an unrelated criminal conspiracy charge in the Laflin home burglary she participated in with Gronosky.


In that case, police say Sadusky helped Gronosky take several items from the home of a Pennsylvania state trooper, whom Sadusky had dated for some time.


Police said guns, electronics, jewelry and loose change were taken from the residence.


Judge Michael Vough said Sadusky will be sentenced on Nov. 7.


Williams was convicted in related charges in May and sentenced in July to 10 to 20 years in prison.


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