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Nine-year prison offers for Milford Smashburger robbery suspects

Ethan FryMay 23, 2019

MILFORD — Two New Haven men accused of robbing a burger joint received offers of up to nine years in prison this week.

The suspects — Royshon Ferguson, 22, and Gregory Mclaurin, 23 — have been behind bars since their arrests last January.

According to police, they entered the Smashburger at 1590 Boston Post Road with a .22-caliber handgun and ordered the workers and customers into the kitchen.

Cops say that Mclaurin ordered the manager to the safe, where she started unloading cash as he threatened to shoot her in the head. Ferguson allegedly went back to the register, where he started taking out cash.

That’s when police said a customer who had a permitted pistol drew his weapon and chased Mclaurin out of the kitchen, then confronted Ferguson and knocked the handgun out of his grasp. The suspects escaped but were later found by cops in the woods nearby.

Both men face seven counts of first-degree kidnapping with a firearm as well as single counts of first-degree robbery, fourth-degree larceny, first-degree threatening, and other conspiracy and weapons charges.

In court Tuesday, State’s Attorney Margaret Kelly offered the pair 15-year prison sentences to be suspended after they serve up to nine years behind bars, followed by five years of probation, in exchange for guilty pleas to charges of first-degree robbery, carrying a pistol without a permit and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Judge John Ronan offered Ferguson’s lawyer, Susan Red, a right to argue his prison time down to five years and continued the case to June 5 for him to consider the offer.

Mclaurin filed a motion for a speedy trial Tuesday, so the judge continued the case to June 11 in accordance with state law, which says a trial has to start within 30 days of the motion being made if a defendant has been in jail more than eight months.

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