A Eugene guy who robbed a candy store at knifepoint on Halloween night will spend his next 15 years in jail, with no likelihood of early release.
Eugene police said that Jeremiah Charles Owens, 26, tried to rob See’s Candies on Coburg Road at 7 p.m. Oct. 31. He robbed the Dari Mart on Monroe Street 15 minutes later. They said Owens had a knife, during both robberies.
Owens fled the Dari Mart with cash said the police. Christy Cameron, the manager of See’s Candies, told that Owens did not get anything from her store. “He tried. I yelled. He ran,” Cameron said.
Owens was arrested Nov. 11 on two counts of first-degree robbery, a Measure 11 offense that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 7½ years. A trial scheduled for Jan. 4 was canceled Wednesday when Owens pleaded guilty.
Owens previously was convicted of two counts of second-degree burglary in 2013 and condemned to more than three years in prison. He also was convicted of first-degree theft in a ¬separate case that same year and sentenced to more than two years in prison. It was not clear Thursday how much time he really served.