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Saturday, January 06, 2018 1:00 am

4 years for restaurant robbery try

Lengthy juvenile record counts against 18-year-old

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A teenager who tried to rob a Fort Wayne Mexican restaurant with a gun in April, firing a shot into the store's wall, was sentenced to four years in prison Friday.

Reonte Moore, 18, pleaded guilty in November to robbery, battery by means of a deadly weapon and criminal recklessness.

He was sentenced in Allen Superior Court to 10 years in prison on the robbery charge, with six years suspended; three years on the battery charge; and one year on the criminal recklessness charge.

The sentences will be served together, for a total of four years behind bars.

Moore entered the Taqueria Coahila restaurant on South Clinton Street around 11:30 p.m. April 22, pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded money, according to court documents. He threatened other employees as they tried to flee and fired one shot into a tile wall, shattering a piece that injured a female worker.

Employees hid in a storage room, court documents say, and Moore left after trying to force his way in. The melee was caught on surveillance video, and police arrested Moore after it was released to the public.

Defense attorney Robert Gevers asked for a lenient sentence, noting his client is employed and earned his GED. Moore has accepted responsibility for his actions, Gevers said.

“They were not just wrong, they were dangerous,” Gevers said. “He has embraced that.”

Prosecutors countered, arguing Moore has a lengthy juvenile record and has violated terms of his probation.

Judge Fran Gull sided with the prosecution.

“You were given substantial opportunities in the juvenile system,” she said.

Moore also was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution to the restaurant.