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Chrome revolver bandit gets 834 years prison
August 09, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Ricky Sanders

The 37-year-old serial robber who shot a San Mateo pet store clerk using a large silver gun that earned him the nickname “chrome revolver bandit” was sentenced Friday to 834 years to life in prison.

Last week, a judge refused to discount Ricky Renee Sanders’ previous criminal strikes so the man went into Friday’s sentencing hearing knowing he’d receive up to a life term. The only question was what the determinate bottom number would be based on his numerous convictions, including 17 counts of armed robbery, in the multi-city crime spree.

Each robbery charge carried 25 years to life. 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.

Sanders has credit of 1,155 days against the term and must serve 85 percent of the remainder. Judge Cliff Cretan also ordered Sanders to pay $304,039 to the victim he shot for reimbursement of mounting medical expenses.

Sanders addressed the victim directly during the sentencing hearing, telling him “you can fix this” and claiming “I’m a victim here, too,” said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

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.



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