A Delmar man will spend five years in state prison for hitting a clerk with a crowbar during a robbery at a Glenville convenience store.
Vincent Jendrzejczak, 32, was sentenced Thursday in Schenectady County Court for the July 11, 2011, attack at the Sunoco station at 2901 Amsterdam Road.
The clerk struggled with Jendrzejczak and eventually got control of the crowbar, hitting Jendrzejczak a couple of times. Jendrzejczak then ran off with money and a laptop and left the crowbar behind. The clerk suffered a broken nose and cuts to his knees as well as headaches and memory loss for months afterward.
Investigators found Jendrzejczak’s DNA on the crowbar and arrested him.
A Schenectady County grand jury in January indicted him on two counts each of first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and first-degree assault, along with grand larceny charges.
As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Jendrzejczak pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault in satisfaction of all the charges. In addition to prison, acting Schenectady County Court Judge Erin Gall sentenced him to five years of post-release supervision.
In other business before Gall:
• Samer Abdelhak 22, was sentenced to one year in Schenectady County Jail after pleading to a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of marijuana. Abdelhak was one of three Gloversville residents in a car that was stopped Feb. 5 by state police in Princetown for speeding. Troopers discovered five pounds of marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle.
His attorney, Sven Paul, said his client had been offered a deal to plead guilty to a felony and face no jail time. However, Abdelhak preferred to plead to a misdemeanor charge and spend time in jail because he wanted to further his career opportunities without a felony on his record.
“You should be commended for standing up and taking responsibility for your actions and looking to your future and trying to better yourself,” Gall said.
• Robert Hernandez, 37, was sentenced to 11⁄2 to three years in state prison after pleading guilty to attempted promotion of prison contraband. He had attempted to smuggle in three baggies of heroin in a rubber glove fingertip that someone gave him during visiting hours.
• Tyrone Blanchard, 23, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years’ probation after pleading guilty to third-degree burglary. He and two other men broke into a Wendell Avenue house May 16 and stole copper pipe and damaged the rear entry doors. Blanchard faced no additional jail time since he had already spent that long in custody.