Photos showing the brazen, multi-million dollar armed robbery of a Diamond District jewelry store were released by federal prosecutors Monday – as they urged a judge to imprison one of the stick-up men for up to 14 years.
The new images of the 2019 Avianne & Co. heist show robber Jaysean Sutton wearing a fedora hat and dark-blue suit as he trains a silver handgun at three employees in a back room at the store.
Sutton, who pleaded guilty, can be seen in another shot guiding a zip-tied employee to a safe that he and two other suspects then looted.
The trio swiped more than $4 million in jewels and merchandise from the 47th Street store in the morning raid on Aug. 25, 2019, authorities said.
In a sentencing submission filed Monday, prosecutors from the Southern District of New York requested a judge sentence Sutton to up to 14 years in prison for the heist.
Assistant US Attorney Alexander Li wrote Sutton’s long criminal history and the brazen nature of the robbery weigh in the favor of a lengthy sentence.
“Sutton robbed a jewelry store in Midtown Manhattan in broad daylight and with high-definition surveillance footage rolling,” the prosecutor wrote.
“On camera, Sutton brandished a gun while employees lay bound on the floor. Though the $3.4 million he looted is not a perfect measure of the seriousness of his crime, it is a proxy for the audacity of the crime in the public consciousness,” he added.
In his own sentencing submission, Sutton’s attorney argued his client has suffered horrific hardships throughout his life and a childhood that “nightmares are made of.”
Growing up, Sutton was physically abused by his mother, father and a number of drug-addicted boyfriends his mother had, the documents state.
In one instance of abuse, his father, “in a fit of drug fueled anger, threw scalding hot water on him, which left him with visible burn scars and compromised vision,” the submission states.
Sutton pleaded guilty in January and will face sentencing on Nov. 3 in Manhattan federal court.