No prison for Syracuse robber who turned himself in

Wednesday , July 30, 2014 - 4:09 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

FARMINGTON — A judge and prosecutors showed leniency Wednesday for a defendant who turned himself in after a robbery in Syracuse.

Joel Martinez, 19, who confessed to robbing a Dairy Queen on the night of April 15, was sentenced on one count of second-degree felony robbery, with a maximum potential sentence of 1 to 15 years in the Utah State Prison and a $10,000 fine.

“Maybe you even knew some of these folks, because you used to work there - isn’t that correct?” Judge David Hamilton questioned. "These (employees) were traumatized; they were frightened, and that stays with them a long time.“

The teen was initially charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery. Martinez admitted to Syracuse police on May 27 about his actions, having turned himself in after approaching a South Ogden officer.

"I’m trying to do the best in life,” said Martinez to the judge.

The judge granted the motion made by the prosecutors who recommended no prison time, saying that Martinez should be credited for turning himself in.

Hamilton assessed the public defender fee of $500, suspended the prison term to 270 days in the Davis County Jail with credit given to the 68 days already served. Martinez was placed on Adult Parole and Probation for 36 months with a “boat-load” of conditions. All but $650 of the fine was also suspended by the judge.

Restitution of $200 to the fast-food restaurant was also ordered by the court. Hamilton left restitution open for any claim to other victims for the statutory one year.

The judge made conditions to Martinez’s request to travel to Colorado, where his family lives.

"If there’s an interstate compact, and you go to Colorado, you’re not to use marijuana, you’re not to use spice, you cannot have those substances regardless of how there are dispensed,” Hamilton said.

Also charged was Federico Urquijo, 19. As the driver of the car, he is charged with one count of aggravated robbery and was initially held in lieu of $10,000 bail, but since been released.

Urquijo’s trial date is set for at Aug. 13.

Another suspect in the robbery, a 17-year-old girl, was booked in Farmington Bay Youth Correctional Center for alleged aggravated robbery.

Contact reporter Morgan Briesmaster at 801-625-4268 or Follow her on Twitter at @SE_mbriesmaster. Like her Facebook page at

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