Man who shot Fas Gas clerk jailed nine years

The man who shot a Red Deer gas station clerk during a robbery and then left empty-handed has been sent to jail for nine years.

The man who shot a Red Deer gas station clerk during a robbery and then left empty-handed has been sent to jail for nine years.

Jeffrey Lyle Geary, 31, shot West Park Fas Gas clerk Jaysen Arancon Reyes on Sept. 11, 2013, during a botched holdup.

Reyes suffered wounds to his hands, face and right eye when raised his hands to shield his head from a blast.

Reyes opened the till and took out all the cash and laid it on the counter after being shot.

But Geary didn’t take it.

All he took was a slush he had poured earlier.

Geary was sentenced to nine years in custody on Monday in Red Deer provincial court by Judge Darrel Riemer.

He pleaded guilty on Aug. 11 to four charges, including attempted robbery with a prohibited weapon, possessing a loaded prohibited weapon, manufacturing the prohibited weapon and aggravated assault.

According to the agreed statement of facts, in the days leading up to the offence Geary had obtained the firearm and gone about modifying it illegally by turning it into a sawed-off shotgun.

On Sept. 11, he went into the store twice, once earlier in the day and then again at 11:22 p.m.

Reyes has been at a rehabilitation facility near Calgary since the shooting and Riemer said it was likely he would remain there for weeks and possibly months to come.

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