ST. GEORGE – A St. George man was sentenced Wednesday in 5th District Court to a year in jail and three years probation related to the armed robbery of a Subway restaurant.
Richard Scott Labrum, 27, was convicted of robbing the Subway at 524 N. Bluff Street with a knife shortly after 9 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2015, then fleeing the scene. He was apprehended three hours later by St. George Police officers.
Labrum was charged with a second-degree felony charge for aggravated robbery, which carries a potential one to 15 year prison term. A misdemeanor theft charge was dropped as part of a plea deal.
“I think Mr. Labrum needs prison,” Deputy Washington County Attorney Rachelle Shumway told Judge G. Michael Westfall.
Labrum appears to be able to balance himself and achieve well in school, Shumway said, yet he turned around and robbed a Subway restaurant at knife-point, leaving the employee involved very “shaken up.”
“I think he’s had a chance to make his life better and threw it all away,” Shumway said, referring to a previous chance Labrum had been given to help deal with addiction issues via drug court.
Trevor Terry, Labram’s lawyer, said his client is “a very dangerous person” when under the control of his addiction. However, when using the tools he has to deal with the addiction, Labrim is well-behaved and does well in school, as evidenced by grade transcripts shared with the court.
While the prosecution pushed for prison time, Terry referenced a pre-sentencing report from Adult Probation and Parole that recommended Labrum be placed under supervision instead of prison.
If Adult Probation and Parole feels Labrum can succeed at kicking his addiction while under strict supervision, he should be allowed the chance, Terry said.
“I’m very sorry and ashamed of my actions,” Labrum told the judge. “I made a terrible decision that day. I have to take responsibility for my actions. I know my life is in your hands right now and you’ll make the best decision for me.”
Westfall said he was troubled by the excuses being made for what Labrum did that day and noted Shumway was well within her rights to ask for prison time.
“It earned you a ticket to prison,” Westfall said, yet added he’s taking a chance on the defendant and putting him on three years of probation following 364 days in the county jail. Credit was issued for time already served.
“You’ve got to get to the bottom of this,” Westfall said to Labrum.
According to court records, Subway employees told police that Labrum called the restaurant prior to the robbery and asked various questions before hanging up. He then entered the Subway while attempting “to disguise himself with duct tape place(d) over his mouth, and some duct tape on his clothing to cover up emblems.”
With knife in hand, Labrum demanded money and then left with $355. Police were able to track Labrum down through the phone number he used to call Subway, according to court records.
Labrum was also sentenced in an unrelated June 2015 case related to drug possession and drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail and 24 months probation. That term will be served concurrent with the sentence for the armed robbery.
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