Shane Barraclough never has held his 3-month-old baby girl.
So he asked a Stanislaus County Superior Court judge on Thursday to delay sending him to prison for two weeks so he could see his family before beginning a sentence that will keep him behind bars past his daughter's Sweet Sixteen.
Barraclough was 17 when he committed a streak of three armed robberies during which he apologized to his victims while using a gun to demand money, defense attorney Martin Baker said.
Now 19, Barraclough took a plea deal Thursday for 20 years and eight months in prison.
"He's young, but he made very real adult decisions that put people's lives in jeopardy," Deputy District Attorney John Baker said before the sentencing.
Prosecutors tried Barraclough as an adult for armed robberies committed at Perko's Cafe and Grill, Burger King and Del Taco in Modesto over five days in January 2008.
He made off with a total of $3,000, Baker said.
While out on bail, Barraclough got a job at a McDonald's and embezzled $700 so he could flee to Tennessee, Baker said.
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