Man charged in rob­bery ac­cepts plea deal

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY JAMES GILBERT @YSJAMESGILBERT James Gilbert can be reached at jgilbert@yu­masun.com or 5396854. Find him on Face­book at www. Face­book.com/ysjamesgilbert or on Twit­ter @YSJamesGilbert.

The man charged in con­nec­tion to an armed rob­bery will re­ceive a prison sen­tence un­der the terms of the plea agree­ment he en­tered into Tues­day morn­ing in Yuma County Su­pe­rior Court.

Ap­pear­ing in cus­tody with his at­tor­ney Michael Dono­van by his side, Adrian Guz­man replied “guilty,” when asked by Su­pe­rior Court Judge Stephen Rouff how he pleaded to one felony count of ag­gra­vated rob­bery.

In re­turn for his guilty plea, charges of armed rob­bery, pos­ses­sion of a weapon by a pro­hib­ited pos­ses­sor, and un­law­ful flight from pur­su­ing law en­force­ment against Guz­man were dis­missed. Four counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault were also dropped.

Rouff talked Guz­man through the plea of­fer, mak­ing sure he un­der­stood what was hap­pen­ing. He also in­formed him that the of­fense he had pleaded to car­ried a prison sen­tence rang­ing from five to 15 years in prison, with the pre­sump­tive sen­tence be­ing 7 1/2 years.

The plea agree­ment, he con­tin­ued, did con­tain a stip­u­la­tion that Guz­man would not be sen­tenced to more than 7 1/2 years in prison, but no less than five years, and that sen­tenc­ing would be at the dis­cre­tion of the court.

“Pro­ba­tion is not avail­able,” Rouff said.

He also ex­plained to Guz­man that the stip­u­la­tion was not bind­ing on the court — mean­ing that he did not have to ac­cept it. If the court were to re­ject the stip­u­la­tion, he would have the right to with­draw from the plea agree­ment.

Af­ter­ward, Rouff ac­cepted the plea and sched­uled Guz­man’s sen­tenc­ing for Dec. 14 at 8:30 a.m.

Ac­cord­ing to Yuma po­lice, at about 8:30 p.m. on May 31, of­fi­cers were sent to a UPS fa­cil­ity, lo­cated at 2851 S. Av­enue 2½ E, af­ter a re­port of a rob­bery.

Of­fi­cers learned that two male sub­jects at­tempted to steal pack­ages from the fa­cil­ity. Dur­ing the in­ci­dent, a hand­gun was also pointed at em­ploy­ees and the sus- pects left with sev­eral pack­ages.

The sus­pects fled the scene in a dark pas­sen­ger car. Wit­nesses were able to ob­tain the car’s li­cense plate num­ber.

Ap­prox­i­mately 30 min­utes later, of­fi­cers spot­ted the ve­hi­cle in the area of Araby Road and 24th Street and at­tempted to pull it over, but the driver re­fused to stop.

A pur­suit then en­sued, re­sult­ing in stop sticks be­ing de­ployed. The ve­hi­cle was even­tu­ally brought to a stop on the 16th Street exit ramp from In­ter­state 8, where of­fi­cers per­formed a high-risk ve­hi­cle stop.

Guz­man was re­port­edly the sole oc­cu­pant of the ve­hi­cle and was taken into cus­tody.

ADRIAN GUZ­MAN

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