The second defendant charged in connection with a string of robberies targeting Hispanic businesses admitted in a change of plea hearing Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court that he used a firearm to rob the Joyeria Elizabeth Reparaciones, a Salt Lake restaurant and jewelry repair business in February.
In a plea agreement reached with federal prosecutors, Adrian Lara, 20, pleaded guilty to a violation of the Hobbs Act, used by federal prosecutors when the crime affects interstate business, and one count of using a firearm, according to a statement released by the Justice Department's Utah office.
Lara faces up to 20 years in prison on the Hobbs Act violation and a mandatory five- to 10-year sentence on the firearms charge, according to the statement. The prison time will not overlap. Both counts carry a fine up to $250,000. He will be sentenced Nov. 9 at 8:30 a.m. by U.S. District Judge David K. Winder.