Ognacevic pleads guilty to robbery
One of five suspects implicated in the Aug. 5 armed robbery of Clark’s Market in Aspen pleaded guilty to felony robbery in a plea bargain finalized yesterday.
Yuri Ognacevic, 18, pleaded guilty to robbery in Pitkin County’s 9th Judicial District Court. As part of Monday’s plea agreement, the Class 4 felony robbery charge was filed against him, but the four felonies he initially faced in connection with the Clark’s holdup – aggravated robbery, theft, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and theft, and crime of violence – were dismissed.
Class 4 felonies normally warrant prison sentences in the two- to six-year range, while crime of violence convictions carry mandatory minimum prison sentences.
The plea agreement also stipulated that Ognacevic must “testify honestly” about the Clark’s Market robbery, the Aspen Alps armed robbery on Aug. 6 and the armed robbery of The Village Market in Snowmass Village on Aug. 19. Ognacevic is not a suspect in the latter two robberies, though authorities believe he has information about both crimes.
Ognacevic must also pay restitution for the Clark’s robbery.
In court yesterday, Ognacevic acknowledged that he served as the lookout for the other robbers on the night of Aug. 5 by calling them from a cell phone outside the market and letting them know when the coast was clear. Moses Greengrass, 18; Cody Wille, 17; and Stefan Schutter, 17, then allegedly entered the store with masks on and guns drawn just prior to closing and escaped with some $22,000 in cash, according to court documents.
Ognacevic also acknowledged that he drove the getaway car and received an equal share of the loot, according to testimony.
Jacob Richards, 18, is the fifth suspect implicated in the Clark’s robbery. Authorities allege Richards, a former Clark’s employee, provided the other suspects with information about the grocery store. He is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
“How do you propose to pay the $22,000 in restitution?” Judge J.E. DeVilbiss asked Ognacevic prior to accepting the disposition.
“I’m selling all of my personal items, and with the help of my parents,” a composed Ognacevic replied.
Following court Monday, Deputy District Attorney Lawson Wills said any other suspects convicted in connection with the Clark’s robbery will be made to pay an equal share of the restitution.
Wills declined to comment specifically about Ognacevic’s plea bargain. Ognacevic’s attorney, Fred Gannett, could not be reached for comment Monday.
Presently, Ognacevic is being held in the Pitkin County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He is tentatively scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 6.
Should Ognacevic post bond prior to sentencing, DeVilbiss said he must not make contact with any of the victims or suspects in three robberies, or set foot in the establishments that were robbed.
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