PITTSFIELD -- A former nurse admitted Thursday to carrying out five armed robberies last year, but sentencing was delayed so she could get her affairs in order following her husband's sudden death late last month.

In Berkshire Superior Court, a tearful Danielle Kenyon, 50, of Newell Street, Pittsfield, pleaded guilty to five counts of armed robbery while masked. She faces up to 10 years in state prison.

The proceedings enraged her 23-year-old son who, on his way out of the court room, raised both middle fingers. Court officers grabbed the man immediately and hauled him before the judge.

In an emotional and expletive-laden explanation, Mark J. Kenyon III, of Pittsfield, said his angry behavior was directed at the prosecutor.

"My mother didn't have any gun," he told Judge John A. Agostini. " It seemed like they were trying to make her look worse. My mom's a good person."

The judge told the son his behavior was inappropriate, but allowed him to leave after acknowledging the circumstances of his father's death and his mother's future in prison.

Danielle Kenyon admitted to a series of armed robberies in February 2012, including three on Elm Street -- a Getty gas station on Feb. 5, Angelina's Submarine Shop on Feb. 18, and Palmer's Variety on Feb. 21. She also admitted to a Feb. 25 holdup at the Lipton Mart at 320 West Housatonic St. Because there were two victims in the Angelina's robbery, Kenyon was charged with two counts of armed robbery while masked in that case.

In each of the hold-ups, a woman whose face was covered up used what appeared to be a gun to make off with a total of between $840 and $940. Police say they found a pistol matching the description of the one used in several of the hold-ups at Kenyon's mother's home.

According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Marianne Shelvey, Kenyon was arrested in Egremont in March 2012 after police learned she was planning another robbery in South County. She said police found a paint sprayer wrapped in black electrical tape, which was used in the Lipton Mart robbery.

In court, Kenyon denied that she had the sprayer when she was pulled over, but admitted to the other facts in the case.

Kenyon pleaded guilty to the charges as part of a plea deal between Shelvey and Kenyon's attorney, Elizabeth J. Quigley. They asked Agostini to sentence the defendant to at least eight years and no more than 10 years in state prison.

A conviction for a single count of armed robbery while masked is punishable by a prison sentence of between five years and life.

They asked that the sentencing be postponed to allow Kenyon time to get her affairs in order following the sudden death of her husband of 25 years, Mark Kenyon Jr., on Feb. 26.

The judge allowed the request and ordered Kenyon held without bail until sentencing, which is scheduled for March 28 at 9 a.m.

Kenyon has been held since March 2012 on $500,000 bail bond and will be credited with the time she has been jailed awaiting the outcome of the case.

The investigations were conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department.

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