Man charged in robbery accepts plea deal
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.