FARMINGTON — A Layton teen will spend at least the next five years in a Utah prison after being sentenced Thursday morning on armed robbery charges.
Brandon Thomas Parcell, 18, was sentenced to a term of five years to life in prison on one charge of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. He was also sentenced to serve a term of zero to five years in prison for one count of assault by prisoner, a third-degree felony.
Parcell pleaded guilty to both charges during an April 18 court hearing. Parcell was present in a Farmington courtroom for his sentencing on Thursday.
Layton Police were called to a Chevron gas station in the morning hours of Nov. 27, 2018 after a masked man pointed a handgun at a clerk and demanded money. The masked man was given nearly $300 by the clerk and left the store.
Police later found a video on Parcell’s Facebook page that showed him holding a stack of money, according to charging documents. The video was reportedly posted just hours after the robbery, and Parcell could be seen wearing similar clothes that the robber was wearing in the gas station.
After searching Parcell’s home and finding similar clothes seen during the robbery, Parcell reportedly admitted to police that he robbed the gas station, charging documents say.
While in custody at the Davis County Jail, Parcell reportedly was in a fight with another person in jail, according to charging documents.
On Thursday, Deputy Davis County Attorney Richard Larsen said that Parcell caused fractures to both sides of the man’s jaw during the fight. Larsen said that Parcell was “not safe to be let out in public.” Charging documents say that after the fight, Parcell said he felt bad for breaking the man’s jaw.
When allowed to speak during the hearing, Parcell apologized for his actions in the robbery and jail assault.
“First off, I want to apologize to the community and everyone in the courtroom for my actions,” he said. “I know they were awful and cruel.”
He asked Judge Robert Dale for another chance to turn his life around, something his attorney Ryan Bushell said Parcell has been doing in jail since the assault.
“I can be a successful member of society,” Parcell said. “Please give me a chance, you will not regret it.”
Bushell acknowledged that Parcell’s offenses are difficult to ignore, but he asked for Parcell to be given a year in jail rather than prison, citing the progress he has made in recent months. He added that if Parcell would be allowed out, he should be placed on zero-tolerance probation.
Dale ultimately decided to send the 18-year-old to prison, saying he could not place the teen on probation or jail alone. He also cited Parcell’s record in the juvenile court system while delivering the sentence. Larsen said earlier in the hearing that Parcell has been convicted in juvenile court of multiple charges, including burglary, possession of a weapon on school grounds and assault.
“What you have done is serious enough to merit prison,” Dale said. “Your life has been one of assault and serious crimes, it needs to change.”
Parcell will serve his prison term at a Utah state prison. Before his sentencing, he was being held without bail at the Davis County Jail.