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Man gets prison for botched jewel heist at Fashion Valley Mall

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San Diego police officers walk away with evidence after an attempted robbery at Fashion Valley mall.

SAN DIEGO — A man who took part in a botched armed robbery at a Fashion Valley mall jewelry store was sentenced Friday to 16 years in state prison.

Joey James Levy, 37, pleaded guilty last month to attempted robbery and admitted that he has been to prison twice before.

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Another man, 28-year-old Reginald Anthony Howard, also pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and admitted a gun allegation. He faces up to 21 years behind bars when he is sentenced July 29.

Deputy District Attorney Amy Maund said Howard and four others entered the Royal Maui jewelry store about 8 p.m. on April 2 and were quickly confronted by a security guard.

Maund said the guard drew his gun, prompting Howard to pull his own gun, but the defendants fled through the mall. The prosecutor said the security guard fired off a shot but no one was hit. A gun was recovered nearby, police said.

Howard and Levy were arrested later, but three suspects got away and remain at large.