Silverthorne 7-Eleven robber pleads guilty, faces minimum eight-year sentence
A nervous looking James Allen Ray Ross pleaded guilty Thursday in Summit County District Court to robbery charges stemming from his June arrest for sticking up the 7-Eleven/Shell gas station in Silverthorne.
Ross, 21, of Iowa, appeared in custody before Judge Karen Romeo with public defender Stacy Shobe. He pleaded guilty to two felonies, including attempted aggravated robbery and menacing. Because Ross used a shotgun during the course of the crime, deputy district attorney John Franks tacked on a crime-of-violence sentencing enhancer.
Ross originally faced seven charges, including two counts of menacing and one count each of aggravated robbery, theft, prohibited use of a weapon, reckless driving and vehicular eluding. As part of a plea deal with the DA’s office, the aggravated robbery charge, a Class 3 felony, was reduced to attempted aggravated robbery, a Class 4 felony. All other charges, except one count of menacing, were dropped.
The statutory sentencing range for a Class 4 crime-of-violence felony in Colorado is five to 16 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Menacing is punishable by up to six years in prison. The recommendation before the court is a minimum eight-year sentence.
Ross is scheduled to return to district court at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, for sentencing.
Shortly after midnight on Saturday, June 28, Ross walked into the 7-Eleven convenience store brandished a long-barreled shotgun and demanded money from the cash drawer, according to court records.
Upon their arrival, Silverthorne police officers learned from store employees that Ross fled the scene with $300 in a dark sedan toward Chipotle at the Outlets at Silverthorne. Officers spotted him parked behind trees at the Tesla charging station, also located at the Outlets.
When approached by the officers, Ross allegedly backed his sedan into a Silverthorne police car and attempted a getaway down Ptarmigan Road. Because Ptarmigan dead ends at the Daley Ranch, officers decided to form a perimeter and wait Ross out, rather than get involved in a high-speed car chase and put lives at risk, said Silverthorne police chief Mark Hanschmidt shortly after the June robbery.
Within minutes officers from Silverthorne were joined by officers from Breckenridge, Dillon and Frisco, as well as deputies from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Colorado State Patrol.
About four hours after the initial call, officers stationed near the intersection of County Road 2020 and Ptarmigan Road noticed a dark sedan approaching cautiously. Officers conducted a traffic stop and Ross surrendered without incident. He was booked into Summit County jail and held on $100,000 bond.
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