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Man sentenced to at least 54 years in prison for attempted murder during botched armed robbery of medical marijuana dispensary

February 4, 2011 | 10:44 pm

A Los Angeles man was sentenced Friday to 54 years to life in prison for the attempted murder of a Laguna Niguel marijuana dispensary owner during a botched armed robbery in 2008.

Arsenio Lamonte Collins, 21, was convicted Oct. 4 of two felony counts of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, two felony counts of attempted robbery and two felony counts of assault with a firearm with a sentencing enhancement for the personal and intentional discharge of a firearm, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

In September 2008, Collins and four other people plotted to rob a Laguna Niguel marijuana dispensary, prosecutors said. When the group arrived at the dispensary, the owner allowed Collins to enter the store but quickly locked the door to prevent others from entering. The four other men remained outside.

Collins pulled out a gun, pointed it at the owner and two employees and said, “This is a robbery,” according to prosecutors. The owner began to struggle with Collins, who fired his gun twice. Both shots went through a window and no one was injured.

While fighting with the owner, Collins continued to try to fire his weapon without success. Employees were able to pry the gun away and Collins was arrested at the scene.

Two other men -- Miles York, 21, and Michael Munroe, 22, both of Laguna Niguel -- were later arrested and pleaded guilty on May 27, 2009, to two felony counts of attempted murder and two felony counts of second-degree attempted robbery.

Dennis Chaisson, 22, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty May 13 to two felony counts of attempted murder and one felony count of second degree attempted robbery. All three were sentenced to seven years in state prison.

The fourth person involved has yet to be identified. Anyone with information regarding the identity and whereabouts of the outstanding defendant is encouraged to contact Supervising Dist. Atty. Investigator Jaime Joyce at (714) 834-5649.

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