March 11, 2006 - Posted at 12:48 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Two men whose robbery of some well-armed
Texas jewelry salesmen was botched last year have pleaded guilty to
felony charges and been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
A third assailant, Andre G. Felipe, was fatally wounded in the
March 14th, 2005, robbery of brothers Charles and Roy Hirschberg of
Dallas. Felipe died that day at a hospital.
Jairo Andres Martinez of Dallas and Raul Camaro of New York
pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge and two counts of
aggravated robbery after prosecutors agreed to drop a manslaughter
charge stemming from Felipe's death.
Police say five guns confiscated after the robbery outside a
west Little Rock jewelry store belonged to the two brothers, and
all 21 shell casings found at the scene had been ejected from those
five guns. Police say the robbers had knives. No charges were filed
against the salesmen.
Investigators believe the robbers followed the brothers from
Dallas. Prosecutors say the Hirschbergs had more than 500-thousand
dollars in jewelry with them. The brothers had just gotten into
their car after leaving the jewelry store when they were surprised
by the robbers, who broke the car windows to get to them.
Prosecutors say the brothers had knives placed to their throats.
The robbers took some jewelry, but the brothers were able to draw
their guns and open fire. The robbers fled in a car and a van.
Martinez and Camaro were later captured and the jewelry was
recovered in their wrecked car.