Teen sentenced in Fairbanks theater robbery

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The teen-ager charged with serving as a lookout for three other young men who tied up employees at Regal Cinemas theater and stole cash has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Superior Court Judge Jane Kauvar said Thursday that Emmanuel Webster, now 18, has a high rehabilitation potential but that she had to assign a sentence that condemns the Feb. 3 incident.

Webster had faced a maximum of five years and a minimum of 2.5 years in prison under a plea agreement. Kauvar gave Webster an option to be released one month early in exchange for 240 hours of community service. He will get credit for the seven months he's already spent in jail.

Webster's sentence also includes five years of probation.

During Thursday's hearing, several of Webster's family members spoke on his behalf, calling him an impressionable teen-ager who was pressured by the other three men charged in the robbery.

''This isn't me and I won't be back here,'' Webster said before Kauvar announced the sentence.

Webster was accused of keeping watch outside the manager's office while three other teen-agers spray-painted over a security camera and forced two employees to open the safe. The teens then tied up the employees and fled with about $7,000 in cash and $500 in gift certificates.

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