Breckenridge bank robber gets eight years; retail burglar to pay restitution
A man who pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated robbery was sentenced to eight years in prison Jan. 3, a week before another man accused of burglary was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution, Fifth Judicial District Attorney Mark Hurlbert announced Thursday.
Joseph Anthony Sexton is accused of robbing an armored car delivery person on April 10 at a Bank of the West branch in Breckenridge, according to a statement from Hurlbert’s office.
Sexton is reported to have waited inside the bank on North French Street for the Loomis Armored Cars employee. When the victim entered the branch, Sexton leveled a gun, which was later found to be fake, at his chest. He told the employee to hand over the bank bag he was carrying, saying he would shoot him if he didn’t.
The bag did not contain any cash.
Under state law, it does not matter that the gun was a replica.
Sexton pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated robbery in October and was sentenced by District Judge Mark Thompson.
On Monday, Thompson also ordered Summit County local, Jason Oberg, who was convicted of theft and burglary last year, to pay full restitution to the victim.
Oberg reportedly stole from local businesses Mountain Outfitters and Primo Outdoor in three separate crimes spanning a period of about a month last year.
“We are happy the judge ordered Mr. Oberg to pay full restitution,” Hurlbert stated in an e-mail Thursday. “The District Attorney’s Office has always strived to take care of our small business owners when they are victims of a crime.”
Oberg and his attorney, Todd Barson, disputed the restitution amount named by the victim, claiming Oberg should be able to keep the stolen items, according to the DA’s statement.
The victim, local business owner Chris Tennal told the court that the climbing equipment stolen had lost its value because it had been out of his control and therefore couldn’t be sold.
Oberg was sentenced to probation in September by Judge Edward Casias.
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