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UPDATED: 6 life terms in prison for SCV electronics store robber

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Posted: November 25, 2013 2:48 p.m.
Updated: November 25, 2013 5:32 p.m.

A 27-year-old Palmdale man has been sentenced to six consecutive life terms plus 182 years in prison for his role in a string of armed robberies of electronics stores in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, a D.A. spokeswoman said Monday.

The man’s accomplice in the string of crimes, also 27 and also from the Antelope Valley, pleaded no contest in April to three counts of second-degree robbery in exchange for a 20-year sentence, said Los Angeles County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales.

The two men were arrested more than a year ago for robbing a Santa Clarita Valley AT&T store at gunpoint. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Gelfound passed the sentence of six consecutive life terms plus 182 years Thursday on Jahrell Hayes of Palmdale.

Co-defendant Marc Anthony Wise of Quartz Hill was sentenced to 20 years in prison and admitted Nov. 1 to the North Kern State Prison, a prison official said Monday.

On Sept. 30, after two hours of deliberation, a jury at San Fernando Superior Court found Hayes guilty of: six counts of kidnapping for the purpose of robbery; seven counts of kidnapping; 10 counts of second-degree robbery; two counts of false imprisonment by violence; one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

Jurors also found true 23 allegations of personal use of a firearm, Dávila-Morales said at the time of the conviction.

Wise and Hayes robbed Radio Shack stores in Palmdale, Granada Hills and Chatsworth as well as the AT&T store in Santa Clarita, Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Greenberg said.

“I’m satisfied with the sentence,” Greenberg told The Signal Monday. “I think justice was done in this case.”

Asked why the sentence included consecutive life terms, Greenberg pointed out that the convictions for each kidnapping charge carried the possibility of a life sentence.

There were numerous victims, he said, and many of the charges involved the use of a firearm.

“The AT&T in Santa Clarita had employees and customers,” he said, referring to victims. “He (Hayes) rounded them up at gunpoint into stock rooms.

“It was extremely dangerous.”

Hayes and Wise were arrested in March 2012 in the 6300 block of Crenshaw Avenue in Los Angeles the day after they held up the AT&T store at gunpoint, stealing several thousand dollars worth of cellphones and iPads, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials said.

They were booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery.
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