For Immediate Release - April 20, 2012

Bufalino Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery

Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley today sentenced Darin Bufalino, 51, of Winthrop, to 7 years to 7 years-and-a-day in state prison, after Bufalino pleaded guilty to armed robbery.

Bufalino admitted that on January 26, 2009, he robbed a Beverly landscaper of $11,000 at gunpoint.  Bufalino had arranged to meet the victim in Middleton, where Bufalino was supposed to provide the landscaper with road salt in exchange for the money.

Instead, Bufalino pulled out a black handgun and took the money.  Middleton police responded and were able to trace the Ford Explorer he was driving to Bufalino.  He turned himself in to Winthrop Police later that day.

The Commonwealth was represented by Essex Assistant District Attorney John Brennan.  Attorney Anthony Cardinale represented Bufalino.

Prosecutor Brennan praised the work of Middleton Police Chief James DiGianvittorio,  and Middleton Police Officers Michael Lecolst and Michele Nowak.