SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 19-year-old man was sentenced Friday to more than 10 years in prison for his involvement in three armed robberies within a 24-hour period in San Diego County last December.
Jeremiah Caleb Jimerson, pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery a few days before his trial was to start. He also admitted being personally armed in two of the holdups, said Deputy District Attorney Melissa Vasel.
Three others -- Marquise Bowser Ford, 21, Marquis Dontriel Brooks, 20, and Tommy Jacquett, 32 -- face sentencing July 8.
Ford and Brooks pleaded guilty and Jacquett was convicted at trial.
Judge Jeffrey Fraser called the facts of the case "horrific," indicating at least one of the victims had a gun held to their head.
"It's going to change their lives forever," the judge said. "He (Jimerson) scared the victims to death."
The defendants were arrested the morning of Dec. 28, shortly after the final holdup in the brief crime spree.
Authorities testified during a January hearing that Jimerson was the gunman in two of the robberies and Ford in the other. Brooks was the driver in two of the holdups, Vasel said.
Jacquett was on parole for a 2008 robbery in Riverside County when the crimes in San Diego occurred, the prosecutor said.
Police testified that the suspects, wearing bandanas over their faces and armed with a pistol, entered the targeted businesses three at a time and stole cash, cigarettes and personal property from employees.
The heists occurred at a Postal Annex outlet in the 6000 block of Business Center Court about 11:15 a.m. on Dec. 27; at a Circle K mini-mart in the 17000 block of West Bernardo Drive about 4:45 a.m. on Dec. 28; and at a 7-Eleven store in the 8200 block of Gold Coast Drive, just under an hour after the second holdup.
During the third crime, the thief carrying the pistol hit a clerk in the head with the weapon when the victim was unable to open a cash register, police said.
A patrol officer responding to the 7-Eleven robbery found the suspects a short distance from the store, sitting in a parked car at the Mira Mesa open-space preserve next to Miramar College.
They had items stolen during all three crimes in their possession and a loaded gun was also found in the car, Vasel said.
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