(Phoenix, Arizona) – The office of Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell announced today that a judge has sentenced the last of four defendants in the 2022 armed robbery of a Glendale jewelry store. Defendants Gary Wayne Freeny (11/95), Monta Lamont Harris (11/96), Deandre Donte Haven (3/95), and Kenneth Ray Walton Jr (1/83) have been sentenced to serve between seven and 11.25 years in prison.
In March of last year, the defendants walked into a jewelry store, zip-tied some of the people who were inside and robbed $1.5 million in jewelry and cash. Police arrived at the scene while the defendants were in the act of robbing the store. The defendants also brandished a weapon and used it to threaten employees and customers. Each defendant pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in the first degree, a class three dangerous felony; and one count of armed robbery, a class two dangerous felony. The sentencing for each defendant is as follows:
- Gary Wayne Freeny- 10.5 years
- Monta Lamont Harris- 11.25 years
- Deandre Donte Haven- 7 years
- Kenneth Ray Walton Jr- 8 years
“The victims in this case lived through terrifying moments as they feared for their lives at the hands of criminals,” said County Attorney Rachel Mitchell. “Our office was relentless in the pursuit of justice for those nine individuals inside the store; the money and jewelry taken were recovered.”