FARMINGTON -- A 19-year-old Roy man admitted he not only robbed a Layton bank in 2011, but he also robbed a Rite-Aid store in Layton 10 months earlier.
Brad Lee Stelling entered a guilty plea Thursday in 2nd District Court to second-degree felony robbery and admitted he robbed the Rite-Aid on Jan. 15, 2011.
Stelling had previously entered a guilty plea to a second-degree felony robbery charge Aug. 9, admitting he robbed a Wells Fargo bank inside a Fresh Market store in Layton on Nov. 18, 2011.
Stelling was arrested and booked June 9 in Davis County Jail, where he was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Judge Robert J. Dale sentenced Stelling to serve a year in the jail on both convictions, giving Stelling credit for the 112 days he has already served. He also sentenced him to serve five years' probation with Adult Probation & Parole, ordered him to take a theft reform class and enroll in substance abuse therapy.
Dale said the probation will be zero tolerance.
Stelling's attorney, Ryan Bushell, said he explained to Stelling that zero tolerance means, "one slip up is a one-way ticket to prison."
Bushell said Stelling started using drugs as a teenager, and by the time he was 16 was addicted to hard-core drugs. He took to robbery as a way to fund his drug addiction.
"I'd like a chance to change my life and turn it around," Stelling said before he was sentenced. "I know I've made mistakes, and I take responsibility for my actions."
According to court documents filed in August, Stelling had gone into a Rite-Aid store and handed a note to the cashier "stating he wanted all the cash in the register. He had his hand in his waistband stating he had a gun."
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.
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.