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Konchek, left, and Roy 

Woman sentenced to prison for Portsmouth Market Basket robbery


BRENTWOOD — A woman charged with robbing a shopper at Market Basket in Portsmouth was sentenced to one to three years in state prison on Tuesday as part of a negotiated plea deal.

Julia Marie Konchek, 22, pleaded guilty to a felony robbery charge in Rockingham County Superior Court, admitting that she snatched a woman’s Fendi purse inside the Woodbury Avenue store on Feb. 19.

As part of her sentence, she will have to pay $525 in restitution to the victim and undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and counseling, according to Assistant County Attorney Karen Springer.

Konchek has been held at the county jail since her arrest. Her 111 days behind bars will count toward her state prison sentence.

Koncheck’s boyfriend, Kyle Roy, 25, of Portsmouth who was charged as an accomplice, still has a case pending in superior court but has not yet been indicted.

Last week, a judge denied a request by prosecutors for an extension to seek an indictment against Roy.

Judge Marguerite Wageling told the state they needed to provide some explanation for needing a five-day extension.

The state is generally required to obtain an indictment within 90 days after a person is arrested unless it wins permission from a judge for more time to work on a case.

Wageling allowed prosecutors to ask again for more time, so long as they give her a reason for granting more time in the case.

No second request has been filed.

Konchek and Roy were arrested by Portsmouth police shortly after the robbery in February.

Store surveillance recorded the theft, along with a man and woman who police say were working together to target a shopper. The couple was recorded fleeing the store shortly after the robbery.

Roy’s lawyer, Brian Lavallee, had argued against the state getting any kind of extension to seek an indictment against his client, and suggested they had no evidence to support the charge.

Roy is being held at the Rockingham County jail on $10,000 cash bail.

jkimble@newstote.com

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