Sun Valley man sentenced for Sparks convenience store robbery

Christopher Kyle Mateo, 29, of Sun Valley, sentenced to prison for a Sparks robbery. Washoe County jail photograph.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- A Sun Valley man will serve eight to 20 years in prison for the Aug. 31 robbery of a Kwik Serve gas station in Sparks.

Washoe Distrrict Court Judge Jerry Polaha sentenced Christopher Kyle Mateo, 29, on Tuesday for robbery with the use of a deadly weapon, being an ex-felon possessing a firearm and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Mateo got six to 10 years in prison on those charges and had an additional 10 years added for using a gun, the Washoe County District Attorney's Office reported.

Mateo got $1,700 in the heist when he pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. Before leaving, Mateo asked someone on a walkie-talkie if it was safe to leave, the district attorney's office said. The Sparks Police Department used surveillance footage to identify Adam Lavelle Johnson Sr., 32, of Sparks as a suspect. Both were arrested.

Johnson pleaded guilty in December 2015 to robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to 4.5 to 15 years in prison.