2nd teen accused in clerk's murder pleads guilty

Teen who pulled trigger already convicted in case

Booking photo of Andre Robinson in 2015.
Booking photo of Andre Robinson in 2015.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A second teen accused in the killing of a St. Augustine convenience store clerk during a 2015 robbery pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Andre Robinson, 18, could get up to 30 years on each count, after pleading guilty to manslaughter with a firearm and armed robbery in the murder of Malav Desai, 29.

Robinson's co-defendant, Sergio Morgan-Wideman, was tried and convicted in the case in March. He faces life in prison with parole on one count of first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Morgan-Wideman will be sentenced May 24. Robinson is scheduled for sentencing June 5.

According to evidence from Morgan-Wideman's trial, the two led law enforcement on a multi-county high-speed chase after the deadly robbery at the Tobacco and Beverage Express.

Authorities said Robinson, 18, was behind the wheel and Morgan-Wideman was a passenger in the getaway SUV, which was stolen from Daytona Beach a few days earlier.

Deputies put out stop sticks three times during the chase in an effort to flatten the tire of the fleeing vehicle, but the SUV avoided them.

At times, the SUV swerved onto the wrong side of the road. As the pursuit approached a more populated area, a Clay County deputy intentionally struck the fleeing vehicle to disable it.

Deputies quickly took the teenagers into custody. They were not injured in the crash.

Desai was shot once in the forehead and died at the scene. Court documents say Morgan-Wideman got away with $600.