The getaway driver for a frightening robbery — in which a store clerk had a shotgun pointed at his head — has been sentenced to four years in prison.
"The shotgun was placed quite literally in the face of the clerk at 7-Eleven," Crown attorney Grant Hughes told Brandon provincial court during sentencing on Monday.
Terry James Moar, 19, pleaded guilty to robbery with a weapon and to failing to attend court on a later date.
Moar was the getaway driver when the 7-Eleven store on Willowdale Crescent was robbed on Sept. 27, 2013.
Five people were accused of taking part in the robbery, and in court Hughes detailed their movements that night.
Hughes said Moar was at home when he was picked up by a youth who was driving a stolen pickup truck. They, in turn, picked up another man and another two youths.
One of the youths had a shotgun, which was placed in the back of the truck.
The group then drove around and Moar was driving when, at one point, they steered toward Portage la Prairie to rob a drug dealer.
For whatever reason — it may have been they didn’t have enough gas — on the way to Portage la Prairie, they turned around, returned to Brandon and came up with a new plan.
They decided to rob a store.
They first went to a Mac’s convenience store, but there were too many police officers in the area.
So they went to the Willowdale Crescent 7-Eleven and parked in a nearby lane.
The three youths then robbed the store. One was armed with a knife, another a baseball bat and the third with a shotgun.
During the heist, the youth who was armed with a shotgun pointed it at the clerk’s face and all three youths fled with a crate of cigarettes and about $20.
Moar then drove the group to a spot near Crocus Plains high school, where they divided the smokes.
Hughes said Moar was one of two accused who did most of the planning.
Defence lawyer Jonathan Richert said Moar was drunk and on drugs on the night of the robbery.
Moar later failed to attend court in December, and has been in custody since Feb. 11.
Judge Donovan Dvorak sentenced him to a total of four years in prison, the mandatory minimum sentence for the robbery with a weapon charge, minus five months pre-sentence custody.
The three youth have already been sentenced for the robbery. Another man still faces charges.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 15, 2014