Silverthorne 7-11 robber sentences to eight years in prison
Twenty-one-year-old James Allen Ross, who admitted to robbing a Silverthorne 7-Eleven with a shotgun in June, was sentenced today to a total of eight years in prison.
The sentence was tied to a guilty plea to armed robbery and menacing charges. Ross was arrested after a residential neighborhood manhunt, a police chase and the defendant fleeing onto a mountainside.
“Darn hard and tenacious pursuit by Silverthorne Police Department apprehended this young man,” District Attorney Bruce Brown said in a written statement. “While I’m not sure what he was thinking when he committed this brazen crime, he will have eight years to mull over that for himself.”
The charges stemmed from the events that took place just after midnight on June 29, when Silverthorne officers were dispatched to a robbery in progress at the 7-Eleven convenience store on Rainbow Drive. It was reported that a white man had entered the store and produced a brown shotgun, which he pointed at the clerk, and demanded money. Another man was also in the store, and was told not to move while the robbery was taking place. The suspect, who then fled the location, had received about $300 from the register. He was soon located based on a description of his vehicle, which bore an Iowa license plate.
As officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, the suspect backed into a patrol car and sped away.
The suspect, pursued by three patrol cars, made additional attempts to crash into officers before he was able to elude further pursuit by driving at dangerously high speeds up a mountain dirt road.
Ross’ car was later spotted again, and this time officers were able to get the suspect out of the vehicle, where the stolen money and loaded shotgun were located. The suspect was arrested and taken to the Summit County jail.
In Monday’s hearing, Ross was sentenced to eight years in the Department of Corrections for the aggravated robbery charge, and two years for the menacing charge, to be served concurrently. He will receive 121 days of credit for time already served.
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