ITHACA, N.Y. — Darryl Bradshaw, accused of stealing a woman’s purse on Easter, has pleaded guilty to robbery.

On Wednesday in Tompkins County Court, Bradshaw, 23, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree robbery and admitted to forcibly stealing a woman’s purse April 1.

According to police, Bradshaw pushed a 71-year-old woman to the ground and stole her purse while she was walking to church Easter Sunday. The purse contained rosary beads that had sentimental value to her. A few days later after obtaining a warrant, police searched Bradshaw’s apartment and found items from the robbery, including the rosary beads.

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Bradshaw was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail without bail pending sentencing. State prison is mandatory under sentencing guidelines, according to the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office.

“I would like to recognize the Ithaca Police Department for their thorough and effective investigation which resulted in an arrest within a few days of the incident. The investigations unit should be commended for their excellent work solving this case. It’s extremely satisfying to be able to return the victim’s rosary beads and religious medallions and to provide swift consequences to such disgraceful criminal conduct,” District Attorney Matthew Van Houten said in a statement.

Bradshaw is scheduled to be sentenced June 6 before Judge John Rowley.

Kelsey O'Connor

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