Andrew Yuen was working the counter at Holbrook Liquors Friday night when a man came who in wearing a ski mask started demanding lottery tickets. Yuen raised his hands in submission and invited the man behind the counter to take the money from the register. Yuen then seized an opportunity to push the gun away and with the help of another store employee subdued the man and called the police. Police officers arrived and arrested Richard Hall of Holbrook. Hall was a regular at the store and had been there four hours earlier that evening. Authorities charged Hall with armed robbery while masked, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, armed assault with the intent to rob and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. Bail was set at five thousand dollars cash in the Quincy District Court.
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The crime of armed robbery in Massachusetts is governed by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 17. A conviction of armed robbery carries a potential life sentence. If however the person who committed the crime was masked there is a minimum five year state prison sentence that must be imposed.
Defending this case will be a difficult undertaking. The report makes clear that in addition to the two store employees there were two girls at the counter whom Yuen was assisting when Hall entered the store. If their version of the events supports that of the store employees Hall's chance of success after trial is minimal at best. Look for him to enter into some sort of plea bargain where he might be able to get around the five year minimum sentence he now faces.