A California man who hopped the counter of a Medford Stop & Shop in March, pointed a gun at the clerk and made off with cash pleaded no contest Tuesday to a second-degree robbery charge.
Demario Aundre Jackson, 24, of Stockton, Calf., changed his plea in Jackson County Circuit Court Tuesday, just before a trial in the case was set to start. He was sentenced to 70 months in state prison, followed by three years of post-prison supervision, according to Jackson County deputy district attorney Jeremy Markiewicz.
Jackson and an unidentified man walked into the Stop & Shop, 2751 N. Pacific Highway, at about 3 p.m. on March 16. The men had visited the store about three hours before the robbery to buy some cigars.
Both men hopped over the counter, Jackson pointed a gun at the female clerk, and both men grabbed money from the register, police said. No one was injured. Neither robber wore a mask.
Four days prior, the men had stolen a white 1987 Toyota Camry from a Stockton Winco parking lot. Photos from the Stop & Shop's security cameras and witness tips helped identify the stolen vehicle near Hawthorne Park.
On March 20, a Jackson County grand jury indicted Jackson on first- and second-degree robbery charges.
The stolen getaway car was found abandoned March 24 in Stockton. A San Joaquin County fugitive task force arrested Jackson two days later in Oakland, Calif.
Markiewicz said investigators recovered one of Jackson's fingerprints from the robbery scene. He said the clerk was also able to pick Jackson out of a lineup.
The second robbery suspect remains at large. He is described as black, between 5-feet-10 and 6 feet tall. He wore a red-and-black Miami Heat hat during the robbery, along with a red-and-black striped sweater and baggy jeans. Anyone with information about his identity or whereabouts should contact Medford police at 541-770-4783.