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Jury selection began Thursday for the trial of a man charged with five counts of attempted murder stemming from a 2014 standoff with federal marshals in Norwalk.

Jason Edwin Devore, 39, of La Habra, also faces 16 counts of robbery and a gun allegation.

Co-defendant George Contreras, 21, of Los Angeles, pleaded no contest earlier to one count of second-degree robbery and two counts of assault on a police officer. Contreras was immediately sentenced to 12 years and 4 months in prison, according to a court clerk.

All other charges against Contreras, including five counts of attempted murder, were dismissed following his plea.

The two men were arrested June 10, 2014, after a standoff that began when U.S. Marshals tried to arrest Devore at a Norwalk mobile home park on suspicion of a series of robberies in Pomona, according to the Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office.

Devore and Contreras barricaded themselves inside a mobile home in the 12000 block of Rosecrans Boulevard around 4:15 p.m., officials said. Prosecutors said that during the standoff, shots were fired at law enforcement officials surrounding the residence.

Contreras surrendered around 10 p.m. Devore remained inside the home for another hour, but came out after authorities fired tear gas into the structure.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Devore is on federal parole for bank robbery and served nine years in prison.

He is being held on $3.2 million bail.

If convicted as charged, Devore faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

— Wire reports 

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