By PAUL J. SPETRINI
Warwick resident Frederick Burdick, 26, who pleaded guilty two months ago to one count of Hobbs Act Robbery, was sentenced last week to 12 and a half years in federal prison for robbbing a North Kingstown restaurant employee at gunpoint earlier this year.
Called a â€˜career criminalâ€™ whose record includes more than two-dozen arrests and convictions in state court, Burdick was sentenced to 151 months for the January crime in which he attempted to steal the proceeds his victim was dropping off into a bank night deposit box.
At the sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith also imposed a three-year supervised release condition on Burdick, who had previously been convicted for crimes ranging from assault and domestic violence to drug trafficking.
Burdick pleaded guilty on August 6, 2012 to Hobbs Act Robbery and the plea, which was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and North Kingstown Police Chief Thomas J. Mulligan, meant Burdick could have been sentenced to as many as 20 years.
According to information presented to the court, on January 10, 2012, Burdick, wearing dark clothing and a ski mask, positioned himself between the bank's night deposit box and the employee's vehicle, forced the car window open at gunpoint and struck the driver several times in an unsuccessful attempt to steal a bank deposit bag containing the restaurant's receipts.
Prior to fleeing the area, Burdick reportedly reached inside the vehicle and removed the victim's car keys and a cell phone.
Fire personnel transported the female to Kent County Hospital for head injuries and, according to information presented to the court, fingerprints retrieved by NK police from the driver's side window of the vehicle matched fingerprints on file belonging to Burdick.
Burdick, who has been detained since his arrest, faced up to 20 years in prison followed by up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.
Burdick was arrested on January 24 by the Rhode Island State Police Fugitive Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerard B. Sullivan.
With reports by Lindsay Olivier and the Standard Timesâ€™ news staff