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Life sentence for ‘chrome revolver bandit’: Three strikes for man who went on multi-city crime spree
July 26, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Ricky Sanders

The three-strikes robbery defendant nicknamed the “chrome revolver bandit” for the large silver weapon used during a multi-city crime spree and the shooting of a San Mateo pet store clerk will be sentenced as a three-striker and receive a life sentence, a judge decided Friday.

Judge Cliff Cretan withheld imposing sentence on Ricky Renee Sanders so that he can first research the attorneys’ briefs but did deny a defense request to discount his previous criminal convictions. The ruling means Sanders will receive a life sentence; the only unknown is what the determinate time portion will be for the multiple felonies including 17 counts of armed robbery.

Sanders, 37, will be sentenced Aug. 8.

Sanders robbed the PetSmart at 3520 El Camino Real in August 2011 and returned Oct. 8, 2011, when he shot the same 34-year-old male cashier with a silver revolver. The bullet severed his femoral artery.

Sanders also allegedly robbed or attempted to rob a Beverages and More in Colma, a GameStop in Colma and other businesses in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. Authorities estimate he may have committed more than 30 similar robberies throughout the Bay Area. Authorities apprehended Sanders in Alameda County. Fingerprints collected from the Oct. 30, 2011, armed robbery of a San Jose PetSmart linked him to the local cases

In February, jurors deliberated three days before convicting Sanders of the robberies and also eight counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon, five counts of assault with a firearm, seven counts of false imprisonment, five counts of attempted robbery, one count of making threats and one count of mayhem. Cretan also found true his prior felony convictions and criminal strikes and that he committed the new felonies while on parole.

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