Wounding teller nets 28-year sentence

first_imgLANCASTER – A Quartz Hill man was sentenced Thursday to more than 28 years in prison for a March 2002 attempted bank robbery in which a teller was shot and wounded. On Oct. 4, midway through jury selection for a trial, Ryan Layton, 24, had pleaded no contest to charges of attempted murder and attempted robbery. Layton also admitted he discharged a firearm and caused the teller great bodily injury. Layton was arrested after the attempted robbery at the Quartz Hill branch of Antelope Valley Bank, but charges weren’t filed for two years because tests to indicate whether he had fired a gun before he was taken into custody came back negative. Meanwhile, he was sentenced in July 2002 to a year in jail for having a stolen check in his possession after pleading no contest to a count of receiving stolen property. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The stolen check was found in a bag inside Layton’s car, which was parked in a carwash near the bank. Layton was arrested at the carwash. Then tests in 2004 found that Layton’s DNA matched DNA found on a methamphetamine pipe authorities believe was dropped by the masked gunman at the bank. So charges were filed in that case. The victim testified at a preliminary hearing last November that the robber jumped over the counter, demanded money and shot her. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] last_img

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