Pittsfield man, 25, admits robbing city sandwich shop, gets up to 6 years in prison


PITTSFIELD -- The second defendant in the holdup of a city sandwich shop in 2011 pleaded guilty on Wednesday to armed robbery and was sentenced to up to six years in prison. His accomplice is currently serving up to five years for his role in the crime.

Ryan G. Yon, 25, appeared in Berkshire Superior Court before Judge John A. Agostini and pleaded guilty to armed robbery with a BB gun and had a charge of possession of heroin dismissed.

Second Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III told the court that Yon and 27-year-old Matthew C. Demastrie entered Angelina's Submarine Shop on Wahconah Street on the night of Nov. 1, 2011, their faces obscured by bandanas. Yon pointed a BB gun at and employee, demanded money and the duo made off with about $550. No injuries were reported.

Pittsfield Police stopped them a short time later in their getaway vehicle and discovered the BB pistol, bandanas and some of the loot, according to Kinzer. The duo had spent some of the money on scratch tickets, he said.

Demastrie pleaded guilty to a similar charge last Friday and is currently serving a three- to five-year prison sentence.

On Wednesday, Yon also admitted to stealing $38,000 from 28-year-old Scott Van Zandt who had himself stolen money -- a total of $75,000 -- from a relative.

Yon pleaded guilty to breaking and entering into a vehicle in the nighttime for a felony, larceny over $250 and conspiracy to commit larceny.

Agostini sentenced Yon to a total of at least four years and no more than six years in state prison for both cases. The sentence was in line with a plea agreement between the DA's Office and Yon's attorney, Marc C. Vincelette.

According to Kinzer, Yon, in concert with two others, lured Van Zandt to a Pittsfield park and Yon then broke into his vehicle and made off with a backpack containing the stolen money. Yon split the money with his accomplices and received $6,000, Kinzer said.

All the people involved had "significant drug problems," said Kinzer.

Van Zandt is currently serving a two year jail sentence for the original theft.

The case was handled by Pittsfield and the Lee Police Departments.

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