Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Fortune cracked: Teen gets 52 months for attack on Chinese restaurant worker

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 7/2/2014

A 19-year-old Ottawa man who was convicted in the July 2013 assault and robbery of an Ottawa Chinese restaurant employee is headed to prison.

Senior Judge William “Buck” Lyle sentenced Terry T. Gibson Jr. to 52 months with the Kansas Department of Corrections Monday afternoon in Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa.

A 19-year-old Ottawa man who was convicted in the July 2013 assault and robbery of an Ottawa Chinese restaurant employee is headed to prison.

Senior Judge William “Buck” Lyle sentenced Terry T. Gibson Jr. to 52 months with the Kansas Department of Corrections Monday afternoon in Franklin County District Court, 301 S. Main St., Ottawa.

During a March hearing in which Gibson entered a no contest plea and was found guilty of one count of robbery, Matt Franzenburg, a prosecutor with the Franklin County Attorney’s Office, said Gibson was serving as a lookout during the July 11, 2013, robbery and did not attack the 57-year-old China Palace employee as he walked to his car in the restaurant’s parking lot about 11 p.m. after closing the business for the evening.

A subsequent investigation led Ottawa police detectives to Gibson and the then-17-year-old male codefendant, Franzenburg said. Detectives found the victim’s credit card and iPad in Gibson’s room the day after the robbery, Franzenburg said.

The victim, who told police he did not see his attacker in the restaurant parking lot that night, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Ransom Memorial Hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa, where he was treated and released, according to an Ottawa Police Department report.

Robbers took an undisclosed amount of money, an iPad, a man’s brown wallet and a black attache-style bag from the injured man, the police report said.

Ottawa police detectives and officers developed leads about multiple suspects, and the department’s Special Tactics and Rescue Team served a search warrant July 12 in the 300 block of South Walnut Street and a second search warrant July 13 in the 600 block of South Hickory Street, according to a police department news release. Evidence and items taken during the robbery were recovered from both Ottawa residences, the release said.

A plea agreement which reduced the original charge against Gibson from aggravated robbery to robbery could require Gibson to provide testimony against the codefendant, Franzenburg said in March. The prosecutor said Wednesday the case against the codefendant still is pending.

Also at the sentencing hearing Monday, the judge ordered Gibson to pay $8,778.58 in restitution.

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