The first of four people charged in a botched jewelry store holdup that left one of the robbers dead was sentenced Tuesday to more than a decade behind bars.
Michael Porter of Hayward was 21 when he was arrested. His attorney worked out a deal that dropped a murder charge in exchange for a plea of no contest to one count.
"He agreed to plead guilty to armed robbery in exchange for a 14-year commitment to state prison," said Deputy District Attorney Jason Peck.
Three other Hayward men, Krishneel Prasad, Gregory Jamal Louis and Manual Jovan Arroyo are still behind bars, awaiting trial.
Five men allegedly attempted to rob the jewelry store at around 4:30 p.m. on May 30, 2012. One of the five, Kibrom Bairu, 18, also from Hayward, was fatally wounded at the scene when he was shot by the store's owner, Everett Parvin.
Victims and witnesses told police that four suspects entered the store, and at least one of them was armed with a handgun.
"There were actually five people committing an armed robbery -- there were four inside the store and there was one waiting outside as a getaway driver," Peck said.
The four surviving members of the holdup team were charged with murder under the state's provocative-act doctrine. That doctrine allows for them to be prosecuted because Bairu's death occurred while they were committing a felony.
Peck said the Gold N Treasures holdup was actually an afterthought to the five young men involved.
"They initially came to San Ramon to burglarize houses but they changed their minds and decided to hold up the store instead," he said.
Peck added that Parvin still thinks about that day all the time.
"He's still very much shaken by the incident. He relives it every day and he's sorry that the whole thing happened," Peck said.