Two men face up to two years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to robbing two teen-age boys of their "Starter jackets" last December outside a Pasadena movie theater.
Antonio Dinard Barnes, 19, of the 2900 block of Second Army Drive, Fort Meade, and Charles Cornelius Smith Jr., 19, of the 500 block of Rita Drive, Odenton, both pleaded guilty yesterday to robbery in the Dec. 20 incident outside the Jumpers 7 Cinemas in Pasadena. In exchange for the guilty pleas, prosecutors will recommend a sentence of no more than two years for both men.
Like pricey designer basketball shoes a few years ago, Starter jackets became a fashionable target for robbers last year, when at least seven were stolen in the county within a month, police reported. The jackets, which feature the logos of sports teams, sell in malls andsporting goods stores for anywhere from $100 to $200.
Barnes and Smith admitted approaching two teen-age boys outside the cinema at about 8:30 p.m. on a Friday night and displaying a BB handgun and a small baseball bat. The victims gave up their jackets.
The two men fled but were apprehended when they became trapped in rose bushes alongthe B&A Hiker-Biker Trail, police said.
Police found the gun and two jackets with logos for the San Francisco 49'ers football team, along with a 49'ers hat, in a trash bin outside a nearby shop.
Both men remain free on $10,000 bond pending sentencing, scheduled for June 5.