"Stapler Bandit" Pleads Guilty

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky man has pleaded guilty to using a chrome-plated, pistol-grip staple gun to rob an ice- ream parlor and a fast-food restaurant.

Gerald A. Rocchi admitted Monday to holding up The Ice Cream Shop in Ashland and a Wendy's last fall. He was caught shortly after taking $195 from the ice cream parlor.

Rocchi reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that called for concurrent 10-year sentences. Rocchi won't be eligible for parole until he has served 85 percent of the sentence because a weapon was involved.

Under Kentucky law, the stapler qualifies as a weapon since the 32-year-old Rocchi told victims it was a gun and hid it from view.

Judge Marc Rosen will formally sentence Rocchi on April 9.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by ludwig Location: booneville on Mar 5, 2008 at 05:31 AM
    east ky, is da bomb, its better. any way i thought the duck tape bandit was lol, but stapler bandit, next there will, be wite out bandit!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2008 at 04:47 AM
    I hope this was a pneumatic type staple pistol and he had a generator, compressor, and airhose in the back of his truck in the parking lot during the robbery. Classic
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Mar 5, 2008 at 04:18 AM
    If you outlaw staplers, only outlaws will have staplers. The chrome-plated stapler is one of the most dangerous semi-automatic staplers on the market. You can see these staplers being traded at flea markets, unfettered by stapler laws, everywhere.
  • by ashamed Location: mount vernon on Mar 4, 2008 at 02:16 PM
    omg whats next nail gun bandit boy kentucky people just love doing something stupid to get on national news.Now I know everyone around the united stated will think that all kentucky people are just plain dumb hicks.IDIOTS
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Mar 4, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    Its the making people fear for their live sthat gets bigger sentences. SO if any of you reading this are planning a robbery simply walk up to any non bank counter and demand money. Dont act liek you have a weapon and its just robbery instead of armed robbery. Guess nobody told him that lol.
  • by I Location: East Kentucky on Mar 4, 2008 at 10:05 AM
    What! Where? what am I missing here? Some fool pulls a staple gun and a bigger fool gives him $195.

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