An 18-year-old Layton man facing a possible five-years-to-life prison sentence for the robbery of a convenience store pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Tuesday in 2nd District Court.
Wesley R. Smith pleaded guilty to robbery, a second-degree felony, reduced from the first-degree felony charge of aggravated robbery. He admitted to pulling a knife on a 7-Eleven store clerk in Layton early the morning of March 9, demanding money.The clerk gave him $26 and he fled on foot, prosecutor Carvel Harward said. Police recognized Smith from the clerk's description and he was arrested at his home a short time later.
Smith was charged with aggravated robbery, which carries a prison term of five years to life. He pleaded guilty to robbery, a second-degree felony with a one-to-15-year prison term, Tuesday at his pre-trial hearing.
Harward said he agreed to the plea negotiation because even though Smith was armed with a knife, he didn't harm anyone during the incident.
Judge Rodney S. Page set sentencing for May 28.