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A 17-year-old Lincoln boy was sentenced to eight to 12 years in prison Thursday for two armed robberies in August.

Job Teburso pleaded no contest to robbery after Lancaster County District Court Judge Kevin McManaman denied attorney Korey Reiman's request to transfer the case to juvenile court.

Teburso was 16 when he committed the crimes.

Reiman argued Thursday for two years, which would have meant he could have gotten out after a year but still been supervised on parole.

Shortly before midnight Aug. 7, Lincoln Police went to North 10th Street and Cornhusker Highway on reports of a large group fighting. During the melee, Teburso pulled out a handgun and unsuccessfully tried to rob a 22-year-old man.

He and his friends got away before police got there, finding the 22-year-old with a cut above his eye.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m., the same group robbed two women at 26th and K streets. Police said a 26-year-old woman was sitting in her car waiting for her 29-year-old friend when Teburso pointed a gun at her. She and her friend both struggled with him. But the teen’s friends stepped in to help.

They took off with the women’s purses.

Police found the group in a vehicle about a mile away at Elmwood Avenue and D Street.

Teburso has been held at the Youth Services Center since it happened.

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