A frame from surveillance video shows a hammer-wielding robber in the Stash marijuana dispensary on July 28, 2015. (Provided by the Aspen Police Department)

Aspen pot shop robber faces up to 12 years in prison after plea deal

ASPEN — The 22-year-old man who robbed an Aspen marijuana dispensary with a hammer in July pleaded guilty Monday to three felonies and faces between four and 12 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

As part of a plea deal, Hayden May pleaded guilty to robbery, theft and aggravated motor-vehicle theft. There is no deal on sentencing, which will occur April 18.

Aspen marijuana heist suspect led Missouri police on 100 mph chase
Hayden May (via The Aspen Times)

The main benefit of May’s deal is that the District Attorney’s Office will dismiss a count of aggravated robbery of a controlled substance while armed with a deadly weapon, said Molly Owens, his public defender. May would have faced between 16 and 48 years in prison had he been convicted of just that charge.

May robbed Stash marijuana dispensary, 710 E. Durant St., on July 28 while armed with a hammer. He told employees at the store, who also were his friends, that he was desperate before walking behind the counter and stealing several large jars of marijuana.

He then fled the state in a stolen car and was eventually apprehended in Missouri after a high-speed chase.

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