Vt. woman pleads guilty in robberies


BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – A Waterville woman has admitted to participating in a string of armed convenience stores robberies committed by a suspect wearing a sweatshirt backward with eyes cut in the hood.

Ashley Penniman, 23, changed her pleaded guilty Monday to one court of robbing the Jerusalem Country Store in Starksboro on February 3.

Three other suspects also have been charged in the five robberies.

Matthew Maskell, Penniman’s brother-in-law, was indicted in April on federal charges he robbed four Chittenden County convenience stores in January while wearing a sweatshirt backward.

A fourth suspect, Christopher Adams of Burlington, was previously charged with aiding and abetting robberies in Colchester and Jericho believed to have been committed by Maskell, officials said.

Gerald LaFlam, 20, of Hinesburg, has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the fifth robbery at the Starksboro store.

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