A man and a woman pleaded no contest Monday to two felony robbery counts each and admitted using a gun and were each immediately sentenced to 16 1/2 years in prison.
The charges stemmed from a series of armed robberies in 2017 in Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles, including a case in which one of the robbers pulled the trigger of a gun held on a victim but the weapon jammed.
In addition to the two second-degree robbery counts, Timothy Hayes and Unique Rivers, both 21 and from Los Angeles, pleaded to one misdemeanor count each of shoplifting.
The pair has been held in lieu of $1.3 million bail since their arrest in April 2017.
In one of the robberies, at about 5:25 a.m. on March 22, 2017, the pair entered Kim’s Donuts & Coffee, 403 N. Victory Blvd., Burbank wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks.
The owner of the doughnut shop, a 45-year-old man, was held at gunpoint while one of the suspects removed property from the victim’s pockets. The owner managed to grab the gun and got into a struggle with the suspects.
During the struggle, one of the suspects allegedly pointed the handgun at the victim’s chest and pulled the trigger, but the gun didn’t fire, police said.
The owner, whose name was not released, suffered minor injuries as a result of the struggle.
Investigators believe the pair committed four other armed robberies and a commercial burglary in Glendale and Los Angeles in February and March 2017.
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