In state Supreme Court yesterday, Lower East Side resident Dion White (also known as Dion Whitehead) was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a series of robberies in 2012.
In more than a dozen incidents, White threatened to kill, shoot or stab his victims if they did not hand over money, cell phones, credit cards and other items. Many of the incidents happened in or near East River Park. Locations included: FDR Drive, Grand Street, East Houston Street, Montgomery Street, East 10th Street, East 13th Street, 23rd Street and East 14th Street. No one was hurt in any of the robberies. He brandished a gun or knife in many of the incidents.
A spokesperson for New York District Attorney Cy Vance tells us White pleaded guilty in September to the top charges in the indictment against him. As part of a plea agreement with the DA, he admitted to multiple counts of robbery in the first degree. In addition to the prison sentence, White will be subject to five years of post-release supervision.
White, who lives at 484 East Houston St., was 38 at the time of his arrest in August of 2012.