Man sentenced to federal prison for robbing 3 markets on St. Paul’s University Avenue

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A man has been sentenced to 14 and a half years in federal prison for robbing three University Avenue markets in St. Paul last year.

Nicholas Antwain Dancy, 39, admitted to robbing Towfiq Grocery, Midway Grocery and Deli and Global Food and Mid Market between May 27 and June 5, according to federal court records. Dancy used a firearm to threaten the employees and demand cash, making off with less than $1,000 cash total from the three stores.

Dancy, of St. Paul, pleaded guilty last July to three counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. One count of possessing a firearm as a felon was dismissed; he was convicted of felony domestic assault in 2016 and 2020 in Ramsey County.

Dancy’s sentence, handed down Thursday by Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim in Minneapolis, includes five years of supervised release following prison.

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