2 Chico State students arrested for alleged armed robbery

Mar 12, 2015 7:41 PM by Brian Johnson

Chico State students we spoke to on campus are shocked that two of their peers are behind bars tonight for their connection in an early morning armed robbery.

Chico Police said 21-year-old Jeremy Williams provided a gun to 20-year-old Christian Short, which Short then used to hold up the Subway on West Sacramento Avenue near campus.

Chico State's Joe Wills tells Action News Now that Short is a freshman communications major, and Williams is a junior business major.

We checked Butte County court records, and neither student has local criminal records.

A local criminal defense lawyer we spoke with tells us they're facing felony charges with a prison sentence anywhere from two to five years, not to mention educational and professional consequences.

"Many, many companies will not hire somebody that has a felony record," said Chico criminal defense attorney Maria Amaya. "However people do change, people do learn from their mistakes, and I have successfully represented people that they come back and show me even their master's degree, [or] their PhD degree."

The armed robbery happened just hours after Chico State students gathered to demand an end to violence on and off campus, after a Chico State student was shot and killed, and another brutally assaulted this weekend.

A Subway employee tells us the clerk there at the time is doing well today.


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