Second Gold Rush robber sentenced in Stamford

January 18, 2018 GMT

STAMFORD-A Meriden man was sentenced to six years in jail Wednesday a week after his partner in the robbery of a Norwalk jewelry store and pawn shop reached a plea agreement with Stamford prosecutors.

Antonio Barreto, 22, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and was sentenced to six years in jail.

On Sept 9, 2016 he and Donald Outlaw, 29, of Hartford walked into the Gold Rush store, which buys and sells precious metals at 495 Connecticut Avenue and displayed a handgun during the robbery that was caught on surveillance video, police said.

Outlaw was apprehended several weeks later in High Point, N.C., and Barreto, 22, of Meriden, was found in Kissimmee, Fla. by the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Barreto’s attorney, public defender Howard Ehring, said that his client received two years less on his sentence because his criminal record was not as large as Outlaw’s. Ehring said that Barreto had more family support, which he thought led Judge Richard Comerford to believe there was more of a chance for rehabilitation during his jail sentence.