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Teen gets 5 years for carjacking<BR>State offers plea agreements to 4 in armed robbery

PRESCOTT – A 16-year-old Prescott girl will spend the next five years in prison for a December 1999 carjacking and armed robbery.

Anna Victoria Martinez pleaded guilty in Superior Court Feb. 9 to the adult charges, admitting that she was the instigator of the incident, in which she and her 14-year-old sister held a knife to a 42-year-old woman in the parking lot of Yavapai Regional Medical Center and forced her to drive away.

On Tuesday, Judge William Kiger sentenced Martinez to two concurrent terms of five years each with the Arizona Department of Corrections. Her younger sister pleaded guilty in juvenile court to facilitation of armed robbery and is currently on intensive probation.

According to police reports and Martinez' admissions, the two sisters conspired to commit the robbery. They picked out their victim in the hospital parking lot in the early afternoon and planned to make her drive to a remote location where they would rob her.

Their plan backfired, though, when the victim jumped out of the car when she stopped for the traffic light at Whipple and Ruth streets. Martinez then drove the car to the Dexter neighborhood, where police found it abandoned about six hours later.

Within a week, confidential information led investigators to Martinez, who admitted her involvement when confronted by police. She told officers she had talked her sister into taking part, and that she had wanted money for clothes, drugs, and to give to their mother.

Judge Kiger ordered Martinez to pay $318 in restitution to the victim, who told the court she lost wages and had to re-key her home because she lost all her keys in the robbery.

Martinez, who must serve 85 percent of her sentence before becoming eligible for release, will receive credit for the 119 days she has already been in custody.

In other court news:

• The state has made plea offers to the four Prescott High School students who allegedly planned and carried out a February armed robbery at a Wilhoit market, but the details of those offers will not be available until and unless the defendants accept them.

Deputy County Attorney Ethan Wolfinger and three of the four defendants, all of whom are facing armed robbery, theft and conspiracy charges before Judge Howard Hinson Jr., were in court Tuesday to inform the court of the case's progress.

All four defendants – Aaron Meisheid, 16, David Neighbors, 16, Jordan Quezada, 16, and Louis Koch, 15, are still in custody in Maricopa County's Madison Street Jail. All but Meisheid, who is set for a case management conference on April 18, appeared in court Tuesday.

The court has scheduled an entry/change of plea hearing for Quezada on May 2, a case management/release hearing for Neighbors on April 17, and a May 9 case management conference for Koch.

The four boys allegedly stole two guns and planned to commit a robbery to get money to go to Mexico. After casing the Wilhoit store, Meisheid and Neighbors allegedly went in with the weapons and stole about $600 in cash and checks as well as a gun the store owner kept behind the counter.

Officers from the Department of Public Safety and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office arrested them on Highway 89 just minutes after the incident.

The state has remanded all four defendants into the adult court system. Conviction on the aggravated armed robbery charge, according to court records, carries a minimum prison term of seven years.

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