Jewelry store robbery nets sentence of nearly 10 years

Posted: Sunday, June 01, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A nineteen-year-old man was sentenced Friday to nearly ten years in federal prison for the armed robbery of an Anchorage jewelry store last fall.

Puipuia Alaelua received a sentence of 117 months, according to Joe Bottini of the U.S. Attorney's Office, after he pleaded guilty to the crime in March. Aleulua was prosecuted in federal court under a safe neighborhoods initiative, Bottini said.

The crime occurred on Sept. 27, when Alaelua came into a store in Northway Mall and asked to see some jewelry. He then pulled out a pistol and demanded watches, bracelets and other jewelry. He left with more than $14,000 worth, and jumped into a waiting car.

Police stopped the car shortly afterwards and Aleulua jumped out and fled on foot. He was captured later.

In addition to the prison sentence, Alaelua was ordered to pay $11,820 in restitution.

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