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Gunman in 6 Vegas-area heists gets federal prison

Gunman in 6 Vegas-area heists gets federal prison

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Aug 29, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A 30-year-old gunman convicted in armed robberies at six Las Vegas-area convenience stores has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Jose Figueroa was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in April to multiple robbery, conspiracy to interfere with commerce and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence charges stemming from the late 2010 heists.

Bogden says Figueroa and 23-year-old Raymond Juarez robbed the stores, and 23-year-old Chase Sitton twice drove a getaway vehicle.

Figueroa brandished a handgun each time while Juarez served as a lookout, and Figueroa once wounded a clerk in the abdomen.

Juarez and Sitton also pleaded guilty to robbery and firearm charges.

Juarez was sentenced previously to 19 years in prison.

Sitton was sentenced to seven years.

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