Inside Clinton County courthouse

CLINTON — A Clinton man was granted a deferred judgment for one count of felony theft.

Zachary J. Walker, 17, 503 Fourth Ave. South, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for sentencing for one count of first-degree theft, a Class C felony. District Court Judge Henry Latham ordered sentence and judgment be deferred.

Walker was placed on probation for three years to the Seventh Judicial District Department of Correctional Services. Walker was required to undergo mental health and substance abuse evaluations and successfully complete any recommended treatment, abstain from use of controlled substances and alcohol, submit to random drug testing, obtain a HiSET and maintain employment.

A $1,000 civil penalty was imposed; $500 was suspended. Walker was ordered to pay $250 in restitution.

One count of first-degree robbery, a Class B felony, was dismissed at sentencing with costs assessed to Walker. Walker pleaded guilty to the felony theft charge last month.

According to an affidavit filed with the court, officers responded to the report of a robbery at Shell Express at 1003 Eight Ave. S. at 11:47 a.m. Aug. 11.

An employee said a younger white man came into the store wearing a red brim hat, red shoes, a white shirt and white shorts with a black stripe, and took a pack of beer without attempting to pay for it, court documents say.

Employees said the man got into a white Chevrolet Impala. An employee followed the man to the parked vehicle where the man pulled out a dark handgun and pointed it at the employee.

The man fled in the vehicle, driving east on Eighth Avenue South, witnesses said.

About 1:19 p.m. Aug. 11, an officer was sent to a residence for a disturbance. A man said Walker was in a separate residence and had taken some pills. An officer found Walker lying on his stomach in an upstairs apartment.

Walker was wearing white colored shorts with colored stripes down each side of the shorts and red tennis shoes, according to the affidavit.

Police said that Walker cut his hand after punching a window. An officer found a white shirt with a design on it, which Walker used to stop his hand from bleeding.

An officer found two plastic firearms hidden under a floorboard in the attic area where Walker was. One of the plastic guns resembled a black semi-automatic pistol, court document say.

About 3:30 p.m. Aug. 11, an officer collected video of the robbery from Shell. In the video, Walker was wearing a white t-shirt with a design across the chest area, white shorts with a colored stripe down each side of the shorts, red shoes, and had his hat on backwards, the affidavit said.

Walker exited a white Chevy Impala parked on the east side of the parking lot, walked into the Shell station, entered the west store aisle where the beer cooler is located and grabbed an 18 pack of Budweiser brand beer. Walker immediately left the store and returned to the vehicle.

The video showed several store employees chasing Walker to the vehicle, the affidavit says. The employees scatter and move away from the car. One employee said this is when she saw Walker pull a dark handgun from the center console and aim it.

Officers identified Walker from the video.