ROCKFORD -- The final robber involved in the violent and deadly Marie's pizza robbery goes on trial. It’s now Brandon Sago's turn to face the jury, and find out whether he could spend time behind bars for murder.
“Give me the money. Give me the money.” That's how the state says the deadly Marie's pizza armed robbery all began. Now, it ends in the courtroom with Brandon Sago. He’s the third and final co-defendant standing trial for the murder of his cousin, Michael Sago Jr. Prosecutors say Sago deserves the murder charge.
"That's when a chain of events started that resulted in the death of Michael Sago."
Four men draped in dark clothes, One wielding a revolver all attempted to hold up the south east side restaurant. That's when witness and chef Andres Bresano says he saw a struggle and sounded the alarm.
Off-duty deputy, Frank Pobjecky, ultimately stopped the armed robbery. He grabbed a gun and shot all four suspects killing 16-year-old Sago Jr. But the defense says Pobjecky gunned the men down as they were trying to leave, and that makes Sago not guilty of murder.
For whatever role he had in the events that led up to the shooting, you can say it may be something, but it's not murder. Pobjecky will take the stand later in the trial, though his actions that night have already been proven justified by a grand jury.
Armed robber, Lamar Coates has already been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Desmond Bellmon agreed to a plea deal and is set to be sentenced next week.