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Man to serve 3 years for stealing sunglasses

William J. Ray
William J. Ray
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017 05:15 am

A Fort Wayne man was sentenced to prison for robbing a man of a pair of $300 Cartier designer sunglasses last September. 

William J. Ray, 33, of Fort Wayne, was sentenced Tuesday in Allen Superior Court to serve three years of an eight-year prison sentence for robbing a man of a pair of $300 Cartier designer sunglasses, with gold rims, on Sept. 8. Five years of the sentence was suspended, and he'll have to serve two years on probation. Ray pleaded guilty Feb. 10 to robbery, a Level 3 felony, and admitted he stole the glasses from a man in his home on Newport Avenue. The man was selling another pair of glasses to a friend of Ray's when Ray expressed interest in buying the Cartier eyeglasses. When they went to Ray's car to complete the purchase, Ray allegedly pulled out a gun and took the glasses.

Ray's friend told the victim he didn't know Ray was planning the robbery, and Ray forced the friend to get in the car. Police found Ray a short time later. The victim positively identified Ray from a photo array.

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull also ordered Ray to obtain his GED, participate in a criminal intervention program and the gun to be returned to its rightful owner or be destroyed if the owner could not be found.

No restitution was ordered at this time as the value of the glasses was never validated or documented for the sentencing hearing. Allen County Deputy Prosecutor Jesus Trevino said the glasses were ruined by testing.



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