Armed robbery suspect to appear in 2nd District Court

Aug 8 2012 - 9:57pm

FARMINGTON -- A 19-year-old man accused of armed robbery could enter guilty pleas to charges today.

Brad Lee Stelling, of Roy, appeared in 2nd District Court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. He is charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery and theft, a class B misdemeanor.

Police said Stelling wore a baseball cap and an "old man" mask and went inside Fresh Market at 910 N. Fairfield Road in Layton on Nov. 18. He approached the Wells Fargo Bank inside the store and demanded money from the teller. He brandished a silver item at the teller, and she believed it was the handle of a handgun, according to the arrest warrant.

Stelling was arrested and booked June 9 in Davis County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

His attorney, Ryan Bushell, said in court that Stelling waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

"We've been working toward a resolution, and I believe we have reached one," Bushell told Judge Michael G. Allphin.

Bushell then asked for Stelling to be put on the calendar for Judge Robert J. Dale for today.

If convicted, Stelling's aggravated robbery charge carries a sentence of five years to life in prison. He would serve a maximum of six months in jail for the theft charge.

According to the arrest warrant, another witness, who lives near Fresh Market, saw a male wearing an "old man" mask running to a car, getting in and driving away. At the place the witness last saw the suspect, police found a baseball cap that appeared to be the same one in the surveillance footage of the robbery.

The Utah State Crime Lab found Stelling's DNA inside the cap, according to the declaration for the warrant.

In December, a confidential informant told police that Stelling had been "bragging about robbing a Wells Fargo Bank," according to the court document.

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