TEENS GET PRISON FOR '96 STICKUP; BANK TELLER ASKS FOR MAXIMUM SENTENCE.Byline: Jesse Hiestand Daily News Staff Writer
A teller at a Newbury Park bank that was robbed last year by two masked gang members with assault rifles A
See also Regret.
Ayenbite of Inwit (Remorse of Conscience)
Middle English version of medieval moral treatise, c. 1340. [Br. Lit. .
``As I stood against that Plexiglas door with a mini-machine gun to my body, there was no remorse, only a statement that they were going to blow my head off,'' said the woman, one of five victims of the June 20, 1996, takeover-style robbery of the First Interstate Bank on Wendy Drive.
Speaking of one defendant in particular, she said: ``He ruined my life. He took everything away from me.''
There were five victims in all, but only one appeared in court to speak at the sentencing hearing.
Both defendants, Joseph Jess jesse, jess
a leather strap placed around each shank of a hawk used for hunting, for the attachment of a leash. Velasquez of Port Hueneme Port Hueneme (wī'nē`mē), city (1990 pop. 20,319), Ventura co., S Calif., on the Pacific coast; founded 1870, inc. 1948. It has an artificial deep-sea harbor and is the site of a huge naval construction-battalion (Seabee) center. and David Meza Salas of Oxnard, were 16 years old when the robbery occurred.
After their arrest, Salas and Velasquez were found unfit unfit
not properly prepared, e.g. physically incapable of performing hard work as in racing, because of lack of training. Said also of food prepared unhygienically.
unfit for human consumption for prosecution in either the federal courts or Ventura County's juvenile courts juvenile court
Special court handling problems of delinquent, neglected, or abused children. Two types of cases are processed by a juvenile court: civil matters, often concerning care of an abandoned or impoverished child, and criminal matters, arising from antisocial .
The pair then pleaded guilty to all charges - three counts of armed robbery and five counts of false imprisonment false imprisonment, complete restraint upon a person's liberty of movement without legal justification. Actual physical contact is not necessary; a show of authority or a threat of force is sufficient. The person falsely imprisoned may sue the offender for damages. . Each had been facing more than 20 years in prison.
Judge Steven Hintz sentenced Velasquez, now 18, to 15 years and nine months in prison. Due to confusion over the sentence of 17-year-old Salas, Hintz said he will impose a revised term of 16 years at a hearing today.
The defendants and two adult accomplices were arrested shortly after the robbery.
Victims said the robbers, wearing ski masks, jackets and gloves, carried semiautomatic rifles with 30-round magazines when they burst into the bank.
Prosecutors say the victims were ordered around at gunpoint and doused with pepper spray. There were no other injuries or shots fired. The robbery was caught on a bank surveillance tape.
Based on a description of the getaway car getaway car n the thieves' getaway car → el coche en que huyeron los ladrones
getaway car n → voiture prévue pour prendre la fuite
, police quickly arrested the four suspects in Camarillo after a high-speed chase.
The two adults, who defense attorneys Wednesday called the ``shot callers,'' are serving lengthy federal prison terms.
In opting for less-than-maximum sentences, Hintz cited the defendants' ages and the fact that neither had a criminal record for violent offenses.
Velasquez's attorney, Jorge Alvarado, argued that his client grew up without proper family supervision and started down the criminal path at age 6, first with vandalism and later burglary, drug use and gang activity.
Attorney Charles Cassy said Salas has a history of family and mental problems.
``I think he is genuinely remorseful re·morse·ful
Marked by or filled with remorse.
re·morseful·ly adv. because he realizes he did some real damage to these people,'' Cassy said.
Deputy District Attorney Bill Haney said those arguments were weak, and he disputed defense claims that the defendants were mere puppets of adult gang leaders.
``Mr. Salas acted outside the presence of the adults like the vicious gang member he is,'' Haney told the judge.