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      Convicted robber sentenced to 5 years probation

      Robert Martinez, 22, pled guilty to committing armed robbery of a Stripe's convenience store in Clovis.

      Chief Deputy Andrea Reeb prosecuted the case, urging the court to sentence Martinez to serve no less than 4 years in prison.

      Reeb said "These are the type of acts that deserve prison time, Martinez put these clerks in a very dangerous and vulnerable position and deserves to be behind bars."

      After hearing sentencing arguments from both the prosecution and defense, Judge Teddy Hartley placed Martinez on probation for a period of 5 years.

      According to the arrest warrant Martinez entered the store on the night of June 20, about 11:30pm, with a gun pointed it at the clerks and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash from the register.

      Clovis chief of police Steven Sanders says his officers located Martinez less than 30 minutes later. Officers found a loaded Smith and Wesson .38 Special along with an undisclosed amount of cash, a safe drop ticket from Stripes, and a marijuana pipe.

      After the sentencing District Attorney Matthew Chandler said, "It was our position that Martinez should serve no less than 4 years prison, but Judge Hartley saw it differently. Convenient store employees want to believe that the justice system is going to protect them from these types of violent acts, but a probationary sentence certainly doesn't send that message."