The man arrested earlier this year for three armed robberies in the North End, including Bob’s Grocery, has been indicted in federal court by a grand jury and could now face a life sentence in prison.
The federal court action follows up on the May 31, 2019 arrest of Dante Mirabella, 52, by Boston Police near Copps Hill Terrace in connection with three armed robberies, all of which described the suspect using a handgun and demanding cash. Mirabella was charged with the following:
- One count of interfering with commerce by robbery.
- One count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.
- One count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
In U.S. Attorney’s Office explained the penalties it is seeking with these charges from the federal grand jury indictment.
- The charging statute for interfering with commerce by robbery provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.
- The charge of brandishing a firearm during a violent crime provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed, up to five years of supervised release, and a maximum fine of $250,000.
- The charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.
In the arrest, police said that Mirabella held up Bob’s Grocery with a semi-automatic gun, loaded with seven bullets, and demanded cash. He was taken into custody near Copp’s Hill Terrace when officers spotted him taking part in multiple drug deals on Salem Street.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.