Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2019. 7:11 pm CST.
Aaron Humes: Sherwin Santos,21, threw himself on the mercy of the courts after pleading guilty to the robbery of New Fortune Restaurant on King Street last July and was given a jail term short of the minimum sentence.
Santos was facing five to ten years, but Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer set imprisonment at three years taking into account his guilty plea and promises to turn his life around and get an education.
Santos and a minor, 15, admitted robbing Chinese businessman, Xin Hui Zhang, at gunpoint and taking from inside the cash register which contained $700. The minor, under the jurisdiction of the Magistrate’s Court since he was jointly charged, previously pleaded guilty and was imposed a one year suspended sentence.
The robbery was captured by surveillance footage of the area and a police officer who knew Santos well positively identified him as one of the two culprits who entered the restaurant. The 15-year-old minor was also positively identified by another police officer who had viewed the surveillance camera back in 2018, hence why he wasted no time and pleaded guilty.
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