crimeRockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe this week announced that 32-year-old Paul Giddens of 12 Aeslin Drive, Spring Valley, New York was convicted after a jury trial of one count of robbery in the first degree, a class “B” felony, two counts of robbery in the second degree, class “C” felonies, and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, a class “A” misdemeanor.

On June 26, 2012, Giddens and a co‐defendant robbed the Pitstop Deli on South Central Avenue in the Village of Spring Valley. During a three‐day trial, several witnesses outlined the details of knifepoint robbery. Jury deliberations lasted approximately 10 minutes.

The defendant faces a determinate term of 10 to 25 years in state prison when sentenced on June 18, 2013. Giddens was remanded to the Rockland County Jail. Supervising Assistant District Attorney Dominic Crispino and Senior Assistant District Attorney Janine Kovacs prosecuted the case.

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