October 25, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco man has been sentenced to more than four centuries behind bars after being convicted of committing a series of attacks on elderly victims in 2008 as they came home with groceries in hand.
Judge Gil Dekreon sentenced 51-year-old Dwayne Whitaker on Monday to 439 years to life.
Whitaker had been found guilty of two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of first-degree robbery, one count of attempted robbery, two counts of assault, elder abuse with great bodily injury, and receiving or buying stolen property.
Three of the victims were older than 65, and one was 55. Three had to be hospitalized.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that prosecutors had asked for a life sentence because Whitaker had previously been convicted of crimes that counted as strikes under California's three-strikes law.
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