Theft is always a serious crime. It can involve loss of money or the loss
of material goods, possibly coupled with damage to property. It can also
involve injuries or even death being inflicted on victims, as was the
case in a Phoenix-area
The teenager accused in the case has now been convicted of the crime. The
teen, now age 17, received his sentence from a judge in the Maricopa County
Superior Court. That sentence consisted of two 21-year terms to be served
The man was 15 years old when he committed the robbery, which was of the
Euphorium Emporium in Peoria. After robbing the store, he left the scene
with $300 in cash. He then got on a bus to California, which ended in
his arrest in Los Angeles.
He was charged as an adult. He pleaded guilty to armed robbery, and made
a deal to have first-degree murder charges dismissed. In return, he pleaded
guilty to second-degree murder. This was the result of two customers dying
at the store he robbed. He also pleaded guilty of the attempted first-degree
murder of a third customer.
He has apologized for his actions. In a statement, he said that what he
did was the worst thing that could be done to another person. One of his
victim's relatives viewed the apology as insufficient, saying she
had hoped for the death penalty.
In this case, deaths of victims resulted in a severe, life-altering sentence.
Other armed robbery cases in Arizona may not involve deaths but only theft.
Each case is unique, and anyone involved in one may benefit from the advice
of a qualified Phoenix criminal defense lawyer.