It's been almost a year since Furnari Jewelers was robbed and this week two of the people responsible for the crime were sentenced. But, the owner of the Chicopee shop where the robbery occurred, Anthony Furnari, says he feels the punishment given out is not enough.
"I was shocked at the sentencing," said Furnari.
Brother's 27-year-old Reynoldo Reyes and 23-year-old Jose Reyes-Oquendo entered guilty pleas to the charges against them and were sentenced to three to four years in prison on Wednesday.
Furnari says the men beat him up and robbed his store of more than $100,000 of merchandise. The jewelry taken from him was not insured causing a significant financial loss for his company.
"My business - it hurt financially, but we just got to work harder. My family, they are nervous at night to see if anybody is staking us out. My employees are always looking outside," Furnari said.
Last October Furnari says he was standing at his desk when two men with covered faces jumped over his jewelry store counter.
"I knew this was for real, I picked up my gun and I shot one as he was diving over the counter. The other one grabbed me and started kicking my head," said Furnari.
Furnari suffered a multitude of injuries from the attack.
"I had a cracked rib. They punctured my side and cracked my rib, it was actually bleeding my side, I had a concussion, I had stitches to my head, broken nose, almost a detached retina," said Furnari.
Reyes and Reyes-Oquendo were both arrested and charged for the crime, but Furnari says the person who drove the getaway car was never arrested.
He also says he hasn't gotten back the thousands of dollars worth of jewelry that the men stole. He says only about 10 of the 500 pieces of jewelry have been recovered.
"I just wish the judge, if they were truly sorry, why they didn't say what they did with the jewelry," said Furnari.
Reyes and Reyes-Oquendo will likely be out of jail in two to three years because of the time they have already served.
As for Furnari, he says he as well as his family are fearful for when the two are back on the streets.
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