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GOSHEN Teen pleads guilty to armed robbery

Posted on Nov. 22, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 22, 2012 at 3:48 p.m.

GOSHEN — An 18-year-old pleaded guilty to armed robbery Wednesday morning at the Elkhart County Circuit Court.

Darius Thomas, of 1824 College Manor Drive, Goshen, pleaded guilty to robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, a class B felony. The plea agreement states he can be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison. He admitted that on May 20, he and Andres Torres, 17, took money and tobacco from a person while armed with a gun.

Thomas accidentally fired a gunshot round into his foot while trying to take the gun out of a vehicle five days after the robbery. His accidental shooting gave police the link to the May 20 robbery.

Thomas sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 20.

Torres, Thomas co-defendant, is also charged with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon. His jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 7.