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California rival gang members sentenced for robbery

Two 19-year-old Santa Rosa men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the 2014 robbery of a drug store. Prosecutors indicate that one man was a member of the Crips gang, while the other man was a member of the Norteños gang. According to prosecutors, the two gangs are normally rivals, but the men allegedly cooperated with each other to commit the store robbery together.

One of the men reportedly held store employees at gunpoint while the other man jumped over the pharmacy counter in order to allegedly steal Promethazine cough syrup, a prescription medication used to make a drink known as sizzurp. The robbery reportedly occurred at the Rite Aid pharmacy located at Marlow and Guerneville roads in Santa Rosa on Sept. 15, 2014.

One of the men received a prison sentence of six years, while the other was sentenced to serve nine years and eight months. A prosecutor indicated that the case demonstrates how rival gangs may sometimes work together in order to commit crimes.

When people are accused of using guns in committing criminal offenses, their charges will be considered to be violent crimes. Such charges can result in increased penalties in the event a person is convicted of them. A criminal defense attorney can provide assistance to those who are accused of committing these types of offenses by reviewing the evidence that has been obtained. The attorney might then be able to determine whether there is a basis for the aggravated nature of the charges. In some cases, attorneys might be able to secure alternatives to incarceration for their clients.

Source: The Press Democrat, "Rival gang members sentenced in Santa Rosa drug store robbery," Paul Payne, April 6, 2015.

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