Follow-Home Robber Armed With BB Gun Sentenced to 374 Years to Life in Prison

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A 33-year-old man convicted of committing a series of residential robberies in the San Gabriel Valley was sentenced Thursday to 374 years to life in state prison

Jose Lewis Avila was convicted in July of nine counts of second-degree robbery, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime and one count of child abuse.

Jurors also found Avila guilty of using a deadly and dangerous weapon, a BB gun, and that he inflicted great bodily injury, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Avila carried out nine “follow-home” robberies in the San Gabriel Valley between March and April 2011, targeting women traveling by themselves, prosecutors said.

Once the victims arrived home, Avila accosted them and demanded money and property, the release stated.

Avila always used a BB gun and covered his face with a bandana or mask, according to prosecutors.

In one case, Avila shot a woman in the face with the BB gun while she was holding her child.

Investigators were able to identify Avila using surveillance video and credit card charges, prosecutors said.

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