A woman linked to a robbery attempt that left a “Cops” TV show staffer dead has been sentenced to seven to 12 years in prison for robbing a pizza place earlier that day.

Jeneva Arias, 25, used an airsoft gun in the Aug. 26 robbery of Little Caesars Pizza at 637 N. Saddle Creek Road.

Cortez Washington later used the same gun to rob the Wendy’s at 43rd and Dodge Streets. Washington and the TV show crew member, 38-year-old Bryce Dion, were killed by police. A bullet accidentally hit Dion while he was in the restaurant’s entry.

Under a plea deal, Arias pleaded guilty to attempted robbery. She also pleaded guilty to breaking the hand of a corrections officer and tossing liquid in the face of a medical technician who was delivering medications to her jail cell.

Arias was not at the Wendy’s robbery. Prosecutors said it was unclear where she went after robbing Little Caesars.

Arias’ attorney had asked for probation, saying her client had an abusive childhood and suffered from mental health issues. Arias had said Washington forced her to rob the pizza restaurant.

Prosecutor Mike Jensen argued Friday that Arias had a longtime “pro-criminal attitude” and needed to serve time.

“She could have made a lot of different choices,” Jensen said.

Douglas County District Judge Michael Coffey said giving Arias probation “would severely depreciate the seriousness of the crimes. ... I am not pleased.”

Coffey gave Arias credit for 304 days in jail. With the state’s good time credit, she could be eligible for parole in 3½ years and will serve a maximum of six years.

Contact the writer: 402-444-3100, maggie.o’brien@owh.com

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