Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Jaligh Patterson entered an Atascadero 7-Eleven with robbery suspect Timothy Crook. While Patterson was charged in the robbery, he is not alleged to have entered the building. Also, the story incorrectly said James Michael Ray Cagnina III wasn't charged in connection with the robbery; he was charged, and he's set to be sentenced in February.
An armed robber who took cash and cigarettes from an Atascadero 7-Eleven last summer was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison.
Timothy Crook had previously pleaded no contest on Dec. 10 to second-degree robbery, which entailed a five-year prison term, and an enhancement for using a firearm during the crime, which added another four years.
Police said, Crook, who was 18 at the time, entered the store on June 20 with James Michael Ray Cagnina III, 19. Both men had their faces covered and Crook held a semi-automatic handgun. A video surveillance camera showed the robbers force a clerk to give them cash and cigarettes.
Crook was identified as the primary suspect. When police apprehended him in Atascadero, he possessed a previously stolen weapon.
Cagnina turned himself in to police in connection with the robbery. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 4.
A third suspect, Jaligh Patterson, 20, was arrested later. He has pleaded not guilty and is set to appear in court for a trial-setting conference on Jan. 28.
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