Teen gets jail time for toy gun heist

A basketball player at a San Francisco preparatory school was sentenced Wednesday to seven months in county jail for robbing a man with a plastic gun in San Mateo.

Teandre Hubbard, 18, who had been free on $50,000 bail, will surrender to authorities next month, San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Chris Feasel said. Hubbard pleaded no contest to one count of felony robbery Aug. 26 on the condition of no state prison time.

His co-defendant, Bernard Taylor Shipp, pleaded no contest to receiving stolen property and was sentenced Wednesday to time already served and three years of probation.

Hubbard’s attorneys had urged the judge to sentence him to probation, while prosecutors had asked for one year behind bars.

“Mr. Hubbard read a statement where he apologized for the crime but minimized his involvement, claiming it was all a prank, which is contrary to the police report,” Feasel said. “He admitted to police that he and his friends were out looking for a victim to rob because he needed money, and he admitted to painting the orange tip of the BB gun black.”

Manufacturers are required to paint an orange stripe on the tip of the barrel of toy guns.

Hubbard’s attorney, Sara Rief, said her client, who had no criminal record, will apply for the work furlough program, which will allow him to attend high school.

“For Teandre, it’s about getting over this bump and getting back on track and hopefully playing basketball. He’s a great kid who made a terrible mistake,” Rief said. “I think he’s going to rise above it and be successful.”

Prosecutors said Hubbard, of San Francisco, and Shipp, of San Mateo, were part of a group of young men who robbed the victim of $360 after sticking a gun in his chest. A youth also faces charges stemming from the incident.

tbarak@sfexaminer.com

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