Jail for a couple who stole a $500,000 watch in Beverly Hills

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Two men were each sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison for the brazen armed robbery of a man’s $500,000 watch while dining at the outside Beverly Hills, prosecutors said.

The suspects wore balaclavas and one pointed a gun at the watch owner’s head as he sat at Il Pastaio restaurant last March, investigators said. A woman was shot in the leg during a fight over the watch and the gun. She was not seriously injured.

Malik Lamont Powell, 21, and Khai McGhee, 18, each pleaded guilty in September to three crimes, including conspiracy to commit robbery.

The defendants, members of a Los Angeles street gang, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge John F. Walter, who called the crime “scandalous and unacceptable,” according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A third defendant, Marquise Anthony Gardon, pleaded guilty in September to two crimes including robbery. Gardon, 41, is to be sentenced on February 28.

Surveillance video showed the suspects surveying the area around the restaurant before the robbery, according to a court statement from an FBI agent involved in the investigation.

The gun was left at the scene, but the thieves got away with the watch, a rose gold Richard Mille RM 11-03 Flyback Chronograph worth around $500,000.

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