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Ex-Con Faces Life in Prison for Latest Robbery Conviction, DA Says

By Nicholas Rizzi | September 29, 2017 12:47pm | Updated on October 2, 2017 9:47am

STATEN ISLAND — An ex-con faces life in prison after he pleaded guilty to sticking up three businesses by gunpoint, District Attorney Michael McMahon announced.

Carlo Dipadova, 58, was convicted of robbery Thursday for his spree hitting three stores around the borough last year, McMahon said.

Dipadova has three prior robbery convictions and is considered a "mandatory persistent" felon. He faces between 16 years to life in prison when he's sentenced next month, prosecutors said.

"Today’s conviction ensures that this defendant is put behind bars for the three armed robberies he committed at local businesses," McMahon said in a statement.

"The hardworking people of Staten Island deserve to know that they are protected while at their job, and my office will continue to vigorously prosecute anyone who threatens that safety."

Dipadova's spree started on Dec. 7, when he walked into the GameStop at 2875 Richmond Ave., displayed a gun and demanded cash at about 11:50 a.m., prosecutors said.

He then hit New York Man Suits on Dec. 12 and demanded money from a worker by gunpoint at about 1:45 p.m., authorities said.

His last robbery was on Dec. 13 when he demanded money from a worker at Payless, at 2955 Veterans Road West, then fled in an Audi sedan, prosecutors said.

He was caught later that day after he got into an accident with a police car on Arden Avenue and Drumgoole Road East, leaving three people with minor injuries, NY1 reported.

Officers also found a loaded .380 caliber handgun in the trunk of Dipadova's car, prosecutors said.

Dipadova previously did three stints in prison for robbery starting in 1979, according to Department of Correction. He was last released in 2008 after spending 12 years behind bars, records show.

He's scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 27 for his latest conviction, McMahon said.