Shelby man sent to jail for knifepoint robbery.

January 18, 2017
Oscar Borrego with his attorney, Terry Shaw.

Oscar Borrego with his attorney, Terry Shaw.

Shelby man sent to jail for knifepoint robbery.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 39-year-old Shelby man was sentenced in 27th Circuit Court Wednesday, Jan. 18, to one year in jail for a conviction of unarmed robbery.

Oscar Borrego, of 186 Pine St., initially faced up to life in prison for his involvement in a robbery in which a knife was held to the victim’s throat.

Borrego was arrested last August by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office for felonies of armed robbery and unarmed robbery. The armed robbery charge was dismissed when he pleaded to the lesser charge.

Borrego was the driver during the robbery, and his brother, 31-year-old Javier Borrego, wielded the knife.

Oscar Borrego drove the victim to Wilson’s General Store in Mears to cash a check, Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon said. After the victim cashed the check, Oscar Borrego drove to the “back roads” in Hart Township “in the middle of nowhere,” Bizon said.

His younger brother was in the back seat and put his arm around the victim’s neck from behind and held a knife to his throat, Bizon said. The brothers stole the victim’s cell phone and some cash, he said. The victim received “a slight laceration under his chin on his neck,” Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast said.

Javier Borrego is lodged in the Oceana County Jail on a $50,000/cash/surety bond awaiting sentencing. He is also convicted of unarmed robbery, Bizon said.

Javier Borrego, of 354 Pine St., fled to Idaho when the investigation was underway, said Mast. A transport company brought Javier Borrego back to Michigan where he was arrested last November on a warrant issued by the sheriff’s office.

A language barrier made the investigation drawn out, Mast said.

Oscar Borrego received credit for 154 days served in jail.

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