MORRISTOWN, NJ – A Succasunna man who robbed three Roxbury businesses was sentenced today to seven years in state prison.

The man, Derek Morisco, 23, must serve 85 percent of his prison term before becoming eligible for parole, said Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp. Morisco was sentenced by Superior Court Judge James DeMarzo.

Morisco pleaded guilty last month to two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of second-degree robbery relating to three incidents that took place between March 31, 2014 and April 3, 2014.         

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“On March 31, 2014, at approximately 6:19 p.m., Morisco entered the Harmon Discount Store located at 274 Route 10 in Succasunna” said the prosecutor. “Once inside, Morisco passed a note to the cashier demanding money.  Morisco then fled the store on foot prior to receiving any money from the cashier.” 

Then, on April 2, 2014, at about 9:20 pm, Morisco, carrying a knife, rode a bicycle to the Fuel 10 gas station on Route 10 in Succasunna and “attempted to obtain money from the gas station attendant.  Morisco made continual unsuccessful attempts to enter a gas attendant booth during this incident” before fleeing on his bike, said Knapp.

The next day, at about 4:42 pm, Morisco robbed $1,065 from the Wells Fargo Bank on Route 10 West in Succasunna. He “passed a note to the teller demanding money and claiming to be armed” got the money and ran off on foot, said the prosecutor.

Knapp thanked the Roxbury Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.