Goshen man charged with armed robbery pleads guilty

A Goshen man pleaded guilty to theft and assisting a criminal at the Elkhart Circuit Court.
Posted on March 29, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on March 29, 2013 at 3:13 p.m.

GOSHEN — A Goshen man pleaded guilty to theft and assisting a criminal after he was charged with armed robbery.

Isidro Hernandez, 23, was arrested Sept. 24, 2012, at Pringle Park in Goshen after police responded to an armed robbery in the area.

According to the probable cause affidavit for Hernandez’s case, the victim of the robbery told police he was called by Paul Garcia, Hernandez’s co-defendant, asking if he could borrow $100. When the victim met with Garcia, Garcia got into the vehicle, pulled out a gun and asked the victim to give him all the money. Garcia tried to take the keys from the car but was unsuccessful.

While Garcia attempted to take the keys, the victim got out of the car and called police. As the victim was on the phone, he saw Hernandez walk around the vehicle and damage the passenger side tires.

Hernandez was charged with armed robbery, theft and assisting a criminal. However, he pleaded guilty to the second and third counts, both class D felonies. Hernandez’s armed robbery charge was dismissed.

The sentence will be at the judge’s discretion. However, a Class D felony conviction carries a penalty of six months to three years in prison.

Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker accepted the plea and scheduled Hernandez’s sentencing hearing for April 25.

Garcia pleaded guilty to armed robbery Dec. 21, 2012, and was sentenced to six years in prison and five years on probation on Jan. 30.

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