Judge gives convenience store robber a second chance
Judge Lindi Baker showed leniency to a convenience store robber in court today due to his cooperation with police and remorse he has shown since being incarcerated.
Baker sentenced 24-year-old Justin Sean Palmer to 24 months in prison for a robbery he perpetrated at Levi’s Market located at 3540 Demaray Drive.
On Jan. 29, Palmer entered the store with a bandana covering his face and a handgun, demanded money from the clerk and fled the scene. The clerk told Oregon State Police troopers he recognized Palmer and had seen him in the store earlier that day wearing the same clothes. Troopers arrested Palmer at his father’s residence two days after the robbery.
Palmer, who is an admitted heroin addict, could have been sentenced to 70 months in prison but because he had no prior record and cooperated fully with police Judge Baker gave him a reduced sentence. “You have been given an incredible break here,” Baker said.
Palmer had previously pled guilty to charges of second-degree burglary and possession of heroin.