The felon who robbed the DeBary Burger King last year was recently sentenced to more than a decade in prison.
Mathew H. Juan, 33, flashed a gun while robbing two employees at the restaurant at 305 Sunrise Blvd. before noon June 21, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Minutes later, an Orange City police officer spotted his getaway vehicle – a silver Ford SUV – in the area of Saxon Boulevard and Threadgill Place in Orange City and conducted a traffic stop.
Deputies responded to the scene with two witnesses who identified Juan as the suspect. Deputies said they think he was homeless.
“Deputies also recovered cash from the wooded area near the Burger King where the SUV had been parked,” the Sheriff’s Office report said. “At the scene of the traffic stop, deputies noticed a piece greenery stuck to the back of the vehicle, as if it had been recently parked amid some brush and vegetation.”
Juan entered no-contest pleas to charges of robbery with a firearm/deadly weapon and false imprisonment.
Volusia County Circuit Judge James R. Clayton recently found him guilty and sentenced him to 12.5 years in state prison.
Clayton on Jan. 12 also declared Juan a habitual violent felon, meaning he’ll have to serve at least 10 years of his sentence.
Juan has a violent criminal past, both as a juvenile and an adult, records show.
Records show Juan served more than three years in state prison before he was released in December 2012.
He was adjudicated guilty in Volusia County in 2007 after pleading no contest to charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault.
Juan was accused of attacking his wife’s brother with a baseball bat in Edgewater.
He was placed on probation in the 2007 case but was charged the following year for violating his probation for allegedly attacking his wife.
A judge sentenced Juan to five years in prison with credit for 153 days in jail and five years of probation.
He entered the state prison system in March 2009 and left in December 2012.
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