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
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 consecutively.
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, the 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 armed robbery lawyer.