Friday, October 17, 2008

Two men plead guilty to Avenues Airsoft BB gun robberies

Two Utah men have pleaded guilty to robbing three Avenues businesses last spring with airsoft guns and now face up to 20 years behind bars.
Lynn Ailama Tiatia and Louis Hamilton, both 19, entered their pleas this week in U.S. District Court. They are slated to be sentenced Jan. 8 by Judge Ted Stewart.
The two were charged with robbing Subway, Dollar City, and Henries Dry Cleaners, all at 402 E. Sixth Ave., in Salt Lake City, on May 5. Prosecutors say the weapons used were Airsoft BB guns that had been spray-painted black.
In addition, they say Tiatia, of West Valley City, and Hamilton, of Bountiful, stole a Ford Explorer at gunpoint to use as a getaway vehicle.

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