FARMINGTON -- A 22-year-old man who police said failed in his attempt to rob a Dollar Tree store pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony.
Robert Stephen Gibbs entered the guilty plea in 2nd District Court on Monday.
He was originally charged with a first-degree felony.
Gibbs attorney, Brennon Fuelling, said prosecutors have agreed to allow Gibbs to have the second-degree felony reduced to a third-degree felony if he completes his probation successfully. They have also agreed to allow Gibbs to have the charge reduced to a class A misdemeanor two years after his probation if he has no more charges.
A sentencing hearing is set for Jan. 9.
On Feb. 2 Layton police said Gibbs bought two candy bars at the Dollar Tree, 413 W. 1425 North in Layton, then displayed a handgun to a female cashier.
He demanded money, but the cashier shut the register without giving him any. Gibbs then fled the store.
Minutes later, a Layton police officer pulled Gibbs over for speeding and driving without headlights. As the officer was collecting information about Gibbs, he heard the robbery call on his radio.
After backup arrived, police found an airsoft gun that was a replica of a Taurus semiautomatic handgun in the car. Also, the cashier positively identified Gibbs as the man who tried to rob the store.