CLOVIS, NM (KCBD) - A New Mexico man will spend 10 years in prison for the 2009 robbery of a pizza shop employee. Wednesday, prosecutors announced that Isaiahs Olivas, 23 was convicted of Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, and Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle.
The charges stem from September 16, 2009, when Clovis Police Department officers responded to a report of a robbery at Papa Murphy's business. The victim, a Papa Murphy's employee, told authorities that he was taking out the trash when a masked individual grabbed him in a chokehold and put a knife to his side. The masked suspect threatened the victim not to yell and proceeded to walk the victim to the rear of the business, where another suspect was waiting. The two suspects taped the victim's arms and stole his cell phone, wallet, and car keys and then fled the scene.
Authorities immediately issued an alert for the victim's vehicle and not long afterwards received a tip that it was spotted in Portales. With the help of Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office, the two suspects, Gabriel Moya and Isaiahs Olivas, were quickly apprehended.
The Honorable Judge Teddy Hartley presided over the sentencing and Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrea Reeb prosecuted the case for the State. The Court ordered Olivas to serve 10 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.
Additionally, the Armed Robbery charge is considered a "serious violent offense", meaning that Olivas must serve a mandatory 85% of his sentence. After release from his ten 10 year sentence, Olivas will face an additional 3 ½ years of intensively supervised probation.
Olivas' co-defendant, Gabriel Moya was sentenced in March of 2010, and also received a ten 10 year prison sentence for his involvement in this robbery.
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