WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Chester man has begun serving a three-year jail sentence after pleading guilty Tuesday to the Feb. 15 unarmed robbery at a Citizens Bank branch in Springfield.
Darrell Barror, 35, agreed to switch his original plea of not guilty to guilty on a lesser charge of theft from a person in exchange for a sentence of 36 months to 36 months and one day in Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.
“It’s my choice,” Barror said when asked by Vermont Superior Court Judge Timothy B. Tomasi whether the change of plea was being made voluntarily.
Springfield police arrested Barror on Feb. 16 for alleged involvement in the robbery at Citizens Bank in the Springfield Plaza.
Police responded to the afternoon robbery on reports that a lone male had entered the bank, spoke to a teller, and left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
A still image taken from surveillance footage depicted a white man with a full beard and moustache wearing a dark coat, sunglasses and a knit cap covering a baseball cap.
In spite of Barror having a long criminal record in Vermont and West Virginia, in addition to a record in the federal system, Vermont Deputy State Attorney David Cahill said at no time did Barror use a weapon or violence during the robbery.
He said this “noteworthy” fact worked in Barror’s favor in being able to reach the plea agreement.
After the robbery, an audit of the bank teller’s drawer had $2,469 unaccounted for. Cahill said Barror will be required to pay that amount in restitution to the bank as part of the plea deal. Barror admitted in court Tuesday that he had entered the bank on Feb. 15 with the “intention” to take money.
Cahill, however, said no final restitution amount has been determined as a “result of [Barror’s] conduct” during the robbery.
The state will have 30 days to file an additional claim for restitution, he said.