Two other teens- who also pleaded to the robbery at Mari's Jewelry in SE Fresno got the max of 5 years in custody at the state detention center for youth, also known as the Department of Juvenile Justice Center. The alleged getaway driver got 4 years in the same facility.— Sontaya Rose (@SontayaRose) February 24, 2018
The youngest suspect, just twelve years old at the time, was spared going away to the equivalent of state prison for juveniles. Instead, he will remain in custody for a year, then released on probation.
The judge could only sentence the teens to a maximum of five years, two of them received the maximum. Fresno police say both teens entered the store along with the alleged shooter, prior to the homicide.
Gerald Schwab was hoping his client would be released and placed on probation.
"Although we are disappointed in the decision to not have him locally, this is a minor that at the beginning of this case was very cognizant of the fact that he was facing the rest of his life in prison," Schwab said.
The alleged getaway driver was sentenced to four years at the state facility. While in custody, he has earned his diploma, completed a substance abuse program and anger management course.
The alleged gunman, 18-year-old Angel Morelos, is now the lone one-facing murder charges in Fresno Superior Court.
Prosecutors agreed to drop the murder charge and keep the proceedings in juvenile court- as long as the four young defendants agreed to plead to PC 211, armed robbery. The alleged gunman is 18 and facing 187 charges in Fresno Superior Court.— Sontaya Rose (@SontayaRose) February 24, 2018
Several of the teens did stand up to apologize for what happened August 5 and a few said they took full responsibility. The judge reminded them they will all have the opportunity to have a full life and the victim will not.