SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man charged in a series of takeover-style bank robberies that netted nearly $300,000 was sentenced Thursday to more than 17 years in state prison.
Tranes Goins, 29, was convicted of two counts of robbery and being armed during the holdups. Jurors acquitted Goins of three robbery counts.
Prosecutors said Goins was among a group charged in five robberies that took place between September 2008 and January 2009.
Thaddeus Williams was convicted earlier this year of being the getaway driver in three of the holdups and was sentenced to 14 years and four months in state prison. Terry Mixon, 25, and Jeremy Gibbs, 23, are set to stand trial on Aug. 29.
Deputy District Attorney Allen Brown said during Williams' trial that a group of four -- and in one case five men -- committed takeover-style holdups in which they entered the banks with guns drawn, jumped the counter and ordered the manager to open the vault.
Brown told the jury that on Sept. 30, 2008, three suspects got out of a car and robbed a U.S. Bank branch in Del Mar of $136,807. The robbers wore masks and athletic gloves, and at least two of them had guns, the prosecutor said.
Two people ordered to the ground were pepper-sprayed, Brown said.
On Dec. 1, 2008, Brown said, four robbers got out of a different car and held up a Pacific Western bank in Rancho Bernardo of more than $25,500. The robbers got away, but money stained with red dye by the bank and a .32-caliber pistol were found outside the bank.
On Dec. 13, 2008, a group of men rushed into a Wells Fargo Bank in El Cajon and got away with nearly $13,000.
On Dec. 22, 2008, four men in hooded sweatshirts rushed into a U.S. Bank branch in San Marcos and got away with about $103,000.
On Jan. 24, 2009, three robbers took more than $13,000 from a Bank of America branch in Del Cerro.
Metropolitan Transit System is scheduling extra service starting Monday for a three-day game series between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs at Petco Park, a spokesperson said.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Commencement was held Sunday for seniors at the University of San Diego, with ceremonies featuring a pair of distinguished alumni.
Cool and cloudy conditions start off Friday morning, but the sun will break through in the afternoon. Strong winds in San Diego County's deserts are also expected to ease up Friday morning.
A 30-year-old was knocked out and stabbed three times at the Beyer Trolley Station early Sunday morning, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
A bird was responsible for an outage that left thousands without electricity Sunday, a San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson said.
The remains of a U.S. Navy pilot killed when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War have been brought to San Diego for burial.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.