WILKES-BARRE – A Philadelphia man sentenced last month on charges relating to the May 2012 robbery of a Plymouth Township strip club has asked a judge to acquit him of the charges or give him a new trial.
Kevin Williams, 31, was sentenced on July 8 to 10 to 20 years in state prison after being convicted by a Luzerne County jury in May of robbery, trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and two counts of criminal conspiracy.
Through court papers filed by his attorney, Paul Galante, Williams makes the requests based on his claim that inconsistent and contradictory evidence was presented at his trial.
Prosecutors say Williams and his co-defendant, William Gronosky, entered the Carousel Lounge on U.S. Route 11 in March 2012, pointed guns at the club’s owner and left with cash and other items.
According to court papers, on March 15, 2012, Julius Greenberg, owner of the Carousel Lounge, told police he arrived at his business and was in his office when two men entered wearing dark-colored hooded sweatshirts, ski masks and gloves.
Greenberg told police both men pointed handguns at him and ordered him to the floor. One hit him in the head with a gun while the other pushed him down.
Police said the pair, later identified as Williams and Gronosky, 30, of Nanticoke, took cash from safes and a register and stole items from Greenberg’s pockets. Greenberg said one of the men told him not to get off the floor or he would be shot. The men then fled.
Courtney Sadusky, 24, is awaiting trial on charges relating to the robbery; she allegedly told police she was with Gronosky and Williams that day and they told her to drive them to the Carousel Lounge.
Sadusky said the two men were in the club for about 15 minutes before Gronosky told her to drive to her home in Bear Creek so they could count money. She later dropped them off at the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township.
Gronosky later allegedly told Sadusky that guns, gloves and a bag were left in her car and she should get rid of them, according to court papers. Sadusky then alerted police about the items.
Williams said Greenberg and Sadusky gave inconsistent and contradictory testimony about the gloves used in the case, as well as the length of time the assault and robbery took.
Court papers also say DNA evidence on the gloves and an alleged weapon did not match Williams, and the guilty verdict in the case was based on “speculation and conjecture” because Williams was present and participated in the alleged crimes.
If an acquittal or new trial is not granted, court papers say, then Williams asks that his sentence be reduced.
Gronosky is scheduled to stand trial on related and charges stemming from other incidents in September.