Store Robber Tells Court: My Mommy Made Me Do It
And court agrees, giving her 7 years
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2012 4:10 PM CDT
A robber in action.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A young London-area man confessed to organizing a robbery at the computer store where he worked—but swore his mother made him do it, the Daily Mail reports. A court handed Anthony Bradley, 22, a 3-year sentence for hiring a pair of thugs to rob a PC World store of about $60,000 with a fake Uzi. But the court gave his mother, Mina—the store's assistant manager—7 years for being the "chief instigator and planner," the judge said.

Described in court as "not a deep thinker," Anthony admitted his guilt when arrested. But Mina, 52, denied any involvement—until she learned that her son planned to rat her out. "As a mother, she betrayed her son, manipulating him until he was forced to execute her plans," a detective in the case said. "Sadly he now has to face the reality of his actions and faces time behind bars."