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Utah teen who used gun in robbery sentenced to juvenile lock-up

Published June 12, 2013 5:54 pm

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A boy who robbed a Holladay jewelry store when he was just 14, seriously injuring two clerks, has been sentenced to juvenile lock up.

Authorities said the teen, now 16, of Murray, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and was sentenced to confinement by the Youth Parole Authority, possibly until his 21st birthday.

The Salt Lake Tribune does not typically identify juveniles charged with crimes.

Police said the teen and another male went into Diamond Custom Jewelry, 6065 S. Highland Drive, on March 13, 2012, wielding guns.

Employees told Unified police that the bigger man detained employees while the smaller male proceeded to smash the glass cases and take the jewelry.

During the robbery, one employee suffered injuries to her back and hip that required a hip replacement. Another received a cut above her eyebrow that required stitches, suffered a broken tooth that required surgery, a broken left wrist, head trauma, whiplash and bruised ribs as a result of the robbery, according to charging documents filed in Third District Juvenile Court.

The two males then fled with about $93,000 in jewelry and caused about $2,000 in damage, charging documents show.

Police recovered blood from one of the smashed glass cases. CODIS, the FBI Combined DNA Index System, matched the blood on the broken cases to the teen, who was a previous juvenile offender.

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