Plea deal for experienced robber

Repeat felon expects more than 17 years prison for latest

Torrence Andrew Williams, 36, admitted three felonies in connection with a robbery and then police chase, which occurred in Escondido last July, according to plea deal paperwork.

A little before 11 a.m on July 5, 2012, a robber came into the Check ‘n Go on Mission Avenue, according to testimony at a hearing last August.

A tall man, wearing a hoodie sweatshirt and sweatpants, set his brown wallet on the countertop and then simulated a gun in the pocket of his hoodie, according to the store clerk, who testified.

“He came around the counter, demanded that I put the cash in the bag.” She said the man brought his own bag, “it was a brown grocery bag,” and she put $984 cash in the bag. The man ran out the front door and then she locked the doors and went to a back room to dial 911, the clerk testified. Then she heard pounding and kicking on the front doors, and she looked around in time to see the man was back -- he grabbed his wallet that he had left on the counter and ran out the door again. The woman noticed his sweatpants were torn, ripped around the crotch area.

A man at a neighboring business noticed a man kicking at the door of the Check ‘n Go and he got cell phone video of the man. The robber reportedly ran back and forth through parking lots, over a security fence, and got into a black Dodge Charger.

Escondido Police Sergeant Craig Miller said a black Dodge Charger, registered to Torrence Andrew Williams, accelerated away from responding officers and crashed into a white SUV less than 2 miles away. The driver that was pulled from the smashed Dodge was wearing sweatpants torn around the crotch, and more than $900 cash was recovered, police said.

Torrence Andrew Williams, 36, pleaded guilty this month to three felonies: robbery and burglary and evade officers with wanton disregard.

Prosecutor Benjamin Barlow alleges Williams’ felony career began when he was 18 years old, with a conviction for stolen vehicle and felony evade officers with reckless driving in Oceanside. Two years later Williams stole another car, in Vista, and then in 2001 he was sentenced to 8 years prison for two separate armed robberies in Escondido.

Torrence Andrew Williams is expected to be sentenced to 17 years and 8 months state prison at his next court date, December 11, in San Diego's North County Superior Courthouse.

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What ever happened to "three strikes?" Even now that the law is watered down, this dude would seem to still qualify in that all of these crimes involved violence or being armed. If we had been really tough, he would not have been out on the streets to commit this most recent crime. He would have still been in the joint. But, hey, he'll be back 'fore you know it.

3 strikes is bullshit- it is applied in an arbitrary and capricious manner and violates equal protection of the laws...... should be scrapped or make it so there can be no hanky panky in applying it.

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