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Man sentenced for robbing Market Basket

BRENTWOOD — A Somersworth man was sentenced to 1½ to 4 years in state prison for robbing a Market Basket in Epping by handing a threatening note to a clerk and running off with a handful of cash.

Eric Dubois, 32, pleaded guilty to a robbery charge as part of a negotiated plea deal with county prosecutors in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Had he been convicted at trial, Dubois could have faced up to 3½ to 7 years in prison.

A judge ordered Dubois to undergo alcohol and drug treatment as part of his sentence.

He is also barred from having any contact with the female employee that he threatened at the Route 125 grocery store, a judge decided.

Prosecutors said Dubois went to Market Basket on Feb. 9 and passed a note telling the clerk that if she did not get him any money, "I will start hurting people, starting with you."

Dubois fled with roughly $163 in cash, and took off in a car that he later crashed on Route 125 in Rochester.

A store manager was able to get the license plate from the car, prompting police to issue a bulletin to area police departments, prosecutors said.

A Barrington police officer spotted Dubois' vehicle after the robbery. But Dubois fled from police until he crashed his car. He was arrested at the scene. Police recovered almost all the money — $158 — from the car.

Dubois is expected to apply to have a related case in Strafford County regarding the car crash heard in its drug court, according to court records.

He faces charges of reckless operation, reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer and driving after suspension in connection with the crash.

Dubois admitted during a police interview that he passed the threatening note and claimed to be going through tough financial times.

Police recovered evidence linking Dubois to the robbery, including a blue hooded sweatshirt he allegedly wore and a piece of an inspection report that was used to make the note.

He has already spent 68 days behind bars following his arrest.

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