GOSHEN — A 17-year-old pleaded guilty to robbery while armed with a deadly weapon Thursday at Elkhart County Circuit Court.
Andres M. Torres Jr., of 834 South 11th St., Goshen, pleaded guilty to the charge, a Class B felony, and agreed to a sentence of no more than 12 years in prison. All other terms of the sentence were left to the court’s discretion.
His codefendant, Darius K.Q. Thomas, 18, of 1824 College Manor Drive, Goshen, pleaded guilty to robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, a Class B felony, Nov. 21 at Circuit Court.
Torres and then-17-year-old Darius K.Q. Thomas stole money and tobacco from a Goshen gas station, and threatened the use of force, according to court documents.
The two teenagers were charged as adults because juvenile court does not have jurisdiction in cases of armed robbery for people ages 16 and older. Thomas was 17 when the robbery took place.
Both teenagers were arrested May 25 after Thomas fired a shotgun round into his foot, drawing the attention of police.
After learning about the shooting, police located Thomas, who had been taken to the hospital by his relatives. Initially, Thomas told police someone else had shot him, but he later changed his story, telling police he shot himself while trying to get the weapon out of a vehicle. Police arrested Torres the same day as Thomas.
The two teens were charged for their connection to the robbery earlier that week.
Thomas’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 20. The judge scheduled Torres’s sentencing hearing for Jan. 3.