Quiana Evans lost her job at Burger King, then robbed a McDonald's
|"Give me all your money! And toss in a couple Big Macs for the road, no pickles."|
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Maybe so, but in a desperate situation after losing her job at Burger King in 2011, Rochester resident Quiana Evans instead targeted her former fast-food rival.
For her role in the two-person armed robbery, Evans, 30, was yesterday sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in prison.
A Department of Justice press release from last October -- right after Evans pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of aiding and abetting the use, carrying, possessing, and discharging of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence (she was charged under the Hobbs Act) -- details how the robbery of the McDonald's in Byron, Minnesota went down:
In her plea agreement, Evans admitted that on June 15, 2011, she entered the McDonald's in Byron, Minnesota with Christian Aaron Alexander, who was armed with a Colt, .45-caliber pistol. While Alexander brandished the firearm, Evans and Alexander both demanded money from the restaurant employees. They eventually took approximately $1,851.68, including personal property belonging to the restaurant employees. During the crime, Evans and Alexander restrained the employees by locking them in a cold storage room at the restaurant. In addition, Alexander's firearm discharged in the presence of the employees.Alexander was arrested after robbing another McDonald's later that month. Evans was indicted in May 2012.
A Star Tribune report details some of the back-and-forth that occurred during Evans's sentencing hearing:
In arguing for a prison term of 10 years, defense attorney Peter Wold noted in a court filing that a "desperate" Evans had just lost her job at Burger King and was newly evicted from her home when Alexander "flashed her a wad of money" and told of the crimes he was committing.Robbery is one thing, but herding employees into a cooler? That's just... cold.
While acknowledging Evans' history of drug dealing and other misdeeds that make her "not innocent as a lamb," he also characterized her as "small time" when it came to her criminal past.
The government countered that Evans deserves a term of more than 16 years, noting her two aggravated-battery convictions as a 16-year-old, six felony convictions while a young adult and "myriad ... prison violations" while incarcerated that range from sexual misbehavior to smuggling to assaulting a fellow inmate.