Woman pleads guilty to violent store robbery

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EL CAJON, Calif. — A woman who hit and kicked an Alpine shop owner during a failed holdup last spring pleaded guilty Thursday a felony charge of attempted robbery.

Leila Farmer, 39, will spend a year in a residential treatment program as part of her sentence, said Deputy District Attorney Valerie Ryan.

Farmer committed the crime about 7:45 p.m. April 8 in the 1700 block of Alpine Boulevard, sheriff’s Sgt. C. Cross said.

The shop owner, who had her hair grabbed and was thrown to the ground, complained of neck, back and hip pain, Cross said in a statement.

About an hour after two customers forced Farmer out of the shop, she was found hiding under a residential patio about a mile-and-a-half from the shop, Cross said, adding that the defendant resisted arrest and was taken into custody following a brief struggle with deputies.

Farmer has an extensive criminal history with priors for battery on a peace officer, terrorists threats, burglary and narcotics violations, according to Cross.

Formal sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 15 in El Cajon.

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