A 15-year-old Utah teen is a suspect in an armed robbery that took place at a Holladay jewelry store over a year ago.
The juvenile is being investigated for his role in the heist that took place in March 2012, when two men allegedly entered a jewelry store carrying guns. Two customers were hurt during the robbery and an undisclosed amount of jewelry was stolen.
Police believe that the Utah teen was accompanied by an African-American male who is still at large. Another person, a woman, has been booked into jail for investigation of obstruction of justice. The Utah teen is currently in the Salt Lake Valley Detention Center.
Where Will the Utah Teen End Up?
It isn’t known at this time whether the teen, if he ends up being charged with armed robbery, will be helped in juvenile court or will have his case transferred to adult district court. If he does find himself in district court, he may be charged with aggravated robbery, which is a first degree felony.
In Utah, the penalty for committing and being found guilty of a first degree felony can be five years to life in prison. On the other hand, a teen who is found guilty of committing an offense in juvenile court will still have serious consequences, but they won’t include spending time in the state prison.
If you have a child in need of legal help, contact a Utah juvenile defense attorney today. A Utah teen doesn’t need to have committed a serious crime to benefit from having a private attorney. It’s in your child’s—and your—best interests to have experienced legal representation to make sure that his rights and needs are protected.